Don’t we all love praise? Alfie Kohn warns against the dangers of praising children–that it will actually keep them from putting effort into their work. I can see the danger, but I would make a difference in terms of the … Continue reading


Tom was recently editing a scene where two girls confront a third about saying something mean. There are many levels present in the scene, including the social pecking order that tempted L to say the mean thing: wanting to ingratiate … Continue reading


I have been corresponding with Howard Katzoff, who has a website called He reprinted there an article that was published in Newsday in April of 2008, about the exciting middle school that he taught in in the 1970′s, … Continue reading


Got another rejection letter in my effort to find funding yesterday. That makes three recently. Mostly they remind us that times are tough and there are lots of people hoping for money from shrinking pots. ITVS (the Independent Television Service, … Continue reading