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The Transition to Online Learning

Like just about everyone else in the United States (and most parts of the world), I’m currently on lockdown in my house.  I’m hopeful we can get back to normal in the not-too-distant future, but until then, I’m learning to adapt to this new reality.  The outbreak of COVID-19 has presented some unique challenges for all of us, and I’m hopeful that you and your family are doing ok during this time. On March 23 our school made the transition to online learning for at least 2 weeks.  That 2-week period was eventually extended to 3 weeks, and recently we [...]

Can My IQ Change?

  The term IQ has been around for over 100 years.  But what exactly does IQ mean?  And how does it relate to kids in school today? In the early 20th Century, statisticians and psychologists began attempting to quantify the idea of intelligence.  Through a series and iterations of various tests and experiments, the term “Intelligence Quotient” was coined in an attempt to assign a number to one’s intellectual ability. During World War I, the government used various measures to “test” recruits to determine which tasks they were best suited.  At this time the rise of IQ testing took off, [...]

How to Set Achievable Goals

Although New Year’s is in our rearview mirror and we are well into 2020, many of us are still working on our New Year’s resolutions.  For some this may be to lose weight.  For others it may be to get finances in order.  But for many students, the goal this time of year is to bring grades up, get into college, or score high on the SAT or ACT. Before achieving a goal, however, it is important to understand how to set yourself up for success.  It is no coincidence that many New Year’s resolutions taper off in February and [...]

How to Handle Stress in a New Year

Happy New Year everyone! It’s been a couple of months since my last post. I apologize for that…my wife and I recently had our second child, so I’ve been playing both middle school principal and dad to a newborn. Talk about the need for time management! Which brings me to my post for today and to kick off the new year. During the latter stages of my wife’s pregnancy, our doctor detected something on a routine ultrasound that looked fishy. Without going into detail, it really had the potential to affect our new baby’s life forever. Needless to say, both [...]

This is the Biggest Challenge in Middle School

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently was name principal of our middle school.  This was a big transition for me, both into administration and working with a younger group of students, but one that I was excited for. It’s been about two full months now since I’ve taken over as middle school principal, and I’m finally starting to get a handle on the scope of the job.  I’ve worked with middle school students for a good part of my life (mostly as a coach), and I had a pretty good idea of what to expect going into [...]

How to Handle Transition

I hope you are all enjoying your summers!  It’s been a great one for me and my family so far; we enjoyed a week on the coast in Connecticut and are preparing to head off to San Diego for another week on the beach.  How can I complain? But in the midst of my summer break, I am dealing with a huge transition in my life.  This past spring I was promoted from high school counselor to head of our middle school.  My last post talked about this new role, and it is a great opportunity for me to continue [...]

Time of Transition

As the school year comes to a close, it always hits me that I won’t see the majority of our high school seniors ever again.  I’ve made some really good relationships with some of these kids, but this is the end of the road.  Many will go off to college, never to be heard from again. Graduation is a rewarding part of my job, and it also presents a yearly reflection for me on transitions.  This year I have the privilege of speaking at our Baccalaureate service, where I will hopefully leave our seniors with an inspiring message as they [...]

Is ADHD Really on the Rise?

The other day I was meandering around online and came across an article on USA Today.  The headline was:  A new report shows that diagnosis rates for ADHD have risen 30% in 8 years. The article is based on a comprehensive study by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and utilizes data from actual diagnosis rates instead of self-report surveys.  Consequently it’s one of the more reliable studies on ADHD rates ever conducted. The overall findings, as summarized in the article, are: ADHD diagnoses have risen more than 30% in the past 8 years Middle school students are the most [...]

How to Teach SEL Skills

Several months ago I wrote a blog about Social and Emotional Learning that explored the basics of the concept.  CASEL is widely recognized as the authority on Social and Emotional Learning, as it’s five core competencies are emphasized in schools around the country.  My previous post examined these competencies and briefly discuss how to foster Social and Emotional Learning. Today I’d like to look a bit closer at specific ways teachers and educators can implement Social and Emotional Learning in the school environment.  CASEL offers an excellent video in collaboration with Edutopia called 5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success.  This [...]

2 Skills Every Child Needs

  A couple of weeks ago I attended a college admissions round table in Houston.  The format was much more informal than a traditional conference, and it allowed for some really good back-and-forth discussion with the other college counselors in attendance.  It’s always good to get other professional opinions on topics such as these, and I certainly learned quite a lot. As the newly-minted Director of Counseling at my school, my main role is to provide social and emotional guidance for our students.  We have a separate college counselor who oversees college admissions, but I am still highly involved in [...]

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