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Chinese cuisine is one of my favorite foods. I love the incredible flavors and combinations. And of course at the end of many Chinese meals you get a cookie. Not just any cookie–a fortune cookie! How many of us look forward to breaking open that cookie to read the quote on the slip inside and...
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Recently I stepped into the Lower School music classroom, where our preschool students were engaged in class with their dedicated music teacher, Ms. Novesky. She was playing a sweet, classical piece on the piano and had instructed the students to pretend they were snowflakes and drift to the ground to the sound of the music....
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There seems to be a lot of debate about the amount of emphasis on technology in our society today and its impact on young people.  In fact, just over the weekend I watched an interview of Simon Sinek and read a blog post by Peter Diamandis that expressed quite different perspectives. Sinek is an ethnographer by training and an...
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Leaning sideways. Stretching upwards.  Climbing on to mom or dad’s lap. Inching up on the folding chair, squatting, and then attempting to perch on the back of the chair before being pulled down by a parent.  This is what I was watching several of our first grade students do on Saturday night at the Roycemore...
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There are many ways to say I love you. There are many ways to say I care about you. Many ways, many ways, Many ways to say I love you. -Fred Rogers Lyrics to “There are many ways to say I love you” When I get older I will be there at your side to...
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I was scrolling through my Twitter feed Friday night to see that just four hours earlier there was “breaking news” of a shooting at a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida. This is a town I know. I moved to Chicago from St. Petersburg, Florida, just over a year ago. Even though Tallahassee was a seven-hour...
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One of the hallmarks of Roycemore is our ability to differentiate for our students.  Our commitment to differentiation is to foster an environment where students are engaged with their learning.  We know when they are more engaged, their learning and understanding of subject matter is not only deeper, it is longer lasting.  There is nothing...
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I pinch myself sometimes.  The beauty of what I witness happening on a daily basis at Roycemore is so striking.  Sometimes it washes over me in such a powerful way, I get emotional because each day, in our little school, I witness such beautiful interactions between teachers and students and student to student, it overwhelms...
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On the credenza in my office is a small chalkboard easel with the quote, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  The quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt’s book, You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life.  The full quote is: “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience...
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In June I had the wonderful opportunity to speak to our eighth grade students as they graduated from middle school and moved up to high school.  Recently I ran across my notes from what I shared with them and thought that my “five tips” might be helpful to share more widely.  I hope you might...
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