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Educational Ice Axes: The Art of Self-Arrest

Some days, this job of being an educator is difficult.  For awhile now, I have been watching a student, with whom I have invested a great deal of time, slowly slipping into the educational abyss.  Today, he took another slide in that direction. I am not a mountain climber, but I know enough about the … Continue reading

Back from the Abyss: Helping Troubled Students

After a recent day out of the office, I returned to the normal deluge of e-mails in my inbox, notes and documents in my mailbox and student discipline referrals.  As I spent my early morning, sifting through this paperwork and devising a plan of attack, I was taken aback by a referral I received for … Continue reading

Will technology save the “Lost Boys” of education?

Lost Boys. The term conjures a variety of images – a small band of child accomplices to Peter Pan, vampiric teenagers from an 80’s cult classic, and, most recently, the tragic (yet inspiring) story of the young men who fell victim to the violence in Sudan. In all instances, the term describes wayward children–while not … Continue reading

Mind the Gap: Guide and Encourage

There is no shortage of warning signs that serve to remind us of the dangers of falling off course–departing from our chosen route.  They litter our roadways, sidewalks, and paths: > Wrong Way > Caution > Sharp Turn > Yield > Watch Your Step > Speed Bumps Ahead > Mind the Gap Vivid reminders that … Continue reading

If not us, who? Based on a true story.

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever — the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.  ~ Vince Lombardi Fernando is twelve year’s old, but he has enough baggage for a lifetime.  He lives in poverty in our school’s toughest neighborhood.  He frequently comes to … Continue reading