Archive | January, 2010

The Story of the Three Little Girls

Once there were three little girls, Kathy, Lilly and Susan. They were all new to my school in the seventh grade and had come from different schools. But in eighth grade, when they were together, they turned themselves into a gang that was mean to other kids with increasing frequency and ferocity. Teachers knew it […]

Freedom to Read

While waiting for my car to be fixed one rainy Saturday, I walked into a local bookstore. The car mechanic had told me my wait would be long and the bill high. I picked up a book and sat down to read, looking for a refuge from the pain. Before long I looked up to […]

Press the Reset Button

Every year of the last thirty-five, a teacher has come to me sometime during the first week in January and said, “It’s amazing, the kids are doing everything I struggled all fall to get them to do.” Or “I don’t know what happened over the vacation. Like magic, suddenly they are behaving. They don’t interrupt […]