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Bus!

My good friend Rob used to tell of a day, not unlike Tuesday, when he was on foot out in blustery rainy weather, waiting at a long traffic light to cross a busy street. He heard a garbled uttering and saw a person crouching next to a shopping cart full of who-knows-what, sheltering himself from the […]

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Exclamation Points and ALL-CAPS

The Giants got CRUSHED 7-2!  The Royals’ bullpen is UNHITTABLE!  The Giants’ pitchers are too old!  The Giants’ bullpen is too susceptible to IMPLOSION!  The Royals’ stadium is too LOUD!  The Royals are too fast, too quick, too relentless!!! Perhaps all or some of these statements are true. If last night’s Game 2 of the World […]

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mindLESSness

In reading Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s The Distraction Addiction, I find solace that I am not the only adult challenged by the myth of productive digital multi-tasking. As an educator, I see our students struggle too. While our emphasis on boys-only classes offers fewer distractions of one kind, the introduction of classroom devices offers more of another, […]

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Getting it Right and the SAT

My first grade son is starting to get pretty enthusiastic about applying numbers to sports, along the lines of “what does it mean that a team is ‘down 3 possessions’?” when we are watching college basketball on TV and a team is losing by 8 points. Channeling the instincts of his mother (the Math teacher), […]

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Not the Flat Route…

As many of you know, the flattest and often quickest walking route from the Pine/Octavia campus to the Broadway campus is along Pine Street to Webster Street. Recently I was walking to Broadway from my office with our President, Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek, and the Head of the girls’ high school, Rachel Simpson.  At Laguna […]

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Mom & Dad, can I buy this App?

Contribution by Dennis Phillips (SHB Middle Form Dean) Recently I was traveling late at night in a rental car without a GPS. I didn’t know the city and had never visited it before so I found myself making all the wrong turns and entering into that mysterious state called lost. A few weeks later I […]

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Good for Nothing

On my one visit to India, I have a vivid recollection of the way my wife’s Uncle Ram muttered “you stupid-idiot-good-for-nothing-nincompoop” under his breath at other drivers on the packed streets of Chennai. “Good for nothing”. The kind of thing my grandmother might have said about the whipper-snapper kids next door. “Good for nothing”. This week we […]

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Mater Admirabilis

The Feast of Mater Admirabilis is Monday, and Sacred Heart schools around the world are celebrating it this week.  “Mater” commemorates the fresco painted in 1844 by Pauline Perdrau, an RSCJ novice, at the Trinita dei Monti (formerly a convent of the Religious of the Sacred Heart that sits at the top of the Spanish Steps […]

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Are Fractions the New Gatekeeper to higher levels of Mathematics?

Traditionally the study of fractions begins in 4th or 5th grade and typically students are taught how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.  Children spend a great deal of time applying a complex set of rules and trying to master when to apply which rule.  Unfortunately, the application of rote procedures without conceptual understanding […]

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Masterminds and Wingmen

When I found out that my first child was going to be a boy, I breathed an audible sigh of relief. I naively thought that because I was a male I would have some kind of unique insight and gift that would help me be the best parent for my son.  What I’ve discovered is […]

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