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katakowsj  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Boys today. Oof. (seriously intense article)

Health class? No ripping, good question. Our middle school doesn’t have the resources for that right now. Some kids do take the high school course in the 8th grade for credit, but not all of them. We settled on math as we have doubled up math and language arts and math courses. For example, I’ve got a second/third hour, fourth/fifth hour, and sixth/seventh hour math classes that are 90 minutes. One 30 minute social-emotional lesson per week barely makes a dent. I find it improves things as math is the most demanding of middle school subjects and my most socially adjusted kids end up in the advanced math courses. They’re the kids that can face setbacks, make goals, and progress toward those goals with success. Mathis patterns and puzzles waiting to be discovered and solved. Kids that see that can move math mountains.

A colleague of mine, a PE teacher does teach our high school credit health class. It has evolved way beyond Mr. Bolt-dick’s scare tactics pseudoscience nonsense, like girls can get pregnant through their navel.

Kids learn about personal nutrition, health habits, recognizing and managing stressors, goal setting, and psychology basics as Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and personal problem resolving strategies. Much better than the old days.

Maybe we speak to that which others can see more easily.

The U.S. is Hazzard County, people. Trump is Boss Hogg. William Barr is Rosco P. Coltrane. Boss Hogg is bad for Hazzard County. Get it people?

katakowsj  ·  11 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski: I hate to toot my own horn, but . . .

Ha! High horse?! I think not.

This is pure awesome sauce. Great for you.

So true, to teach is to touch a life forever.

katakowsj  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Boys today. Oof. (seriously intense article)

I’m in agreement that there is more conversation that needs to take place on this pretty much everywhere. Orenstein did a fantastic or crappy job doesn’t matter. I observe these behaviors in the middle schoolers I teach. This isn’t the largest issue that they face, both boys and girls. It is worth the time it takes to speak with them about it.

My school has invested a few bucks in an online socio-emotional learning program that I teach a half hour weekly lesson to my 8th grade math classes. We’ve been building up discussions about our values and how these values can guide us around and through social issues. It’s good stuff. I see the kids recognizing the pressures around them that don’t reflect solid values as honesty, respect, responsibility, perseverance, friendship. I’m confident that my students will have a leg up on students that have not been taught similarly in their lives.

katakowsj  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty

Well said. I bet you could market a greeting card with that on it. :) Something to send a friend that had been shut out of the housing market.

katakowsj  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty

Isn’t redlining an agreed upon practice of discrimination? Sort of like, “Hey fellow white-guy, I think that this black family, who appears to qualify for our better mortgage rate has some “technical issues” that are unique to just them (wink...wink...) so they’ll have to unfortunately pay our premium mortgage rate.”

Gentrification may be similar, but as far as I know it’s typically not as well organized or intentionally subversive although the end results can be the same.

For former D & D gamers like myself, maybe redlining is lawful-evil, where gentrification is more chaotic-neutral to chaotic-evil depending who you ask.

katakowsj  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: So Let's Assume Life Continues . . .

The world needs more people that decide to be like your mom.

Also, what makes Canadian folks so polite?

katakowsj  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: George Washington

An Internet Classic for sure. I can't see it being nearly as hilarious without the appearance of having been drawn by some bored eighth graders.