Work/Life Balance

When I was asked to write for the On Second Thought blog, I initially thought to myself, “Sure! I have plenty of time to get this finished.” I quickly realized that I had lesson plans to write, classes to teach, a five month old to care for and a husband who needed dinner on the… Read More

Journey Through Middle School

And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. -Ecclesiastes 4:22 An important element for growth in Middle School students involves balancing new challenges that nudge them out of their comfort zones and allow them to learn about themselves and others…. Read More

Top Ten Ideas for Your Child’s Success

Research and my personal experience reveal that the earlier and more frequently parents promote language development, Dr. Jim Fay’s “Love and Logic” principles, reading 20 minutes a day and free play, the greater long-term influence it has on their children. We are grateful that SBS works with several speech, language and occupational therapists like Becky… Read More

Daring Greatly

Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt made his “The Man in the Arena” speech at the Sorbonne in the Grand Amphitheater at the University of Paris. One of the most well known paragraphs of this speech expresses Roosevelt’s standard for himself and others. I keep a copy of it on my desk and refer… Read More

What Really Matters?

In education, we often talk about the importance of grit and resilience. However, these character-building lessons are often overshadowed by the pressure to deliver an end result, like high test scores and acceptance into prestigious colleges. Several educators whom I deeply respect believe that we ought to value process over product or, in academics, learning… Read More