Teaching Baltimore

May 4, 2015

Today I’m honored to be sharing a story at the online version of The Atlantic. And at least for a bit there, it was the top story! http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/05/a-field-trip-to-baltimore/392303/ It’s all about what happened when my students planned a trip to Baltimore within weeks of the Baltimore protests and riots. I hope you’ll be impressed with […]

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New Work

August 27, 2014

A new review of Benedict Carey’s book, How We Learn.  Carey helps us understand the role of daydreaming, wool-gathering, intellectual meandering and meaningful rest play in learning. This recent piece in The New York Times Motherlode Blog discusses the difference between my response and my daughter’s response to an incident of street harassment.  I learned a lot […]

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How I love to write for Rewireme.com. Here are three of the latest: How (Not) To Talk to Kids about High-Stakes Tests 7 Ways to Help Kids Unplug from Technology  and, from the fall, Mindfulness for Teachers, a review of Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree, and my best-read, best-titled article ever, My Amygdala Ate […]

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I am so grateful to my college friend Melissa Lawrence for allowing me to guest post at her terrific parenting site, CloudMom.  Melissa is a mother of five who shares all that she has learned in her years as a parent:  from swaddling to breastfeeding to learning not to take it all so darn seriously. […]

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Today I had the privilege of posting at rewireme.com.  “Combating Stereotypes in the Classroom”  addresses the challenge teachers face in addressing what Claude Steele’s brilliant book, Whistling Vivaldi calls “stereotype threat.” Head on over to rewire me — and please let me know what you think in a comment:  either here or there!  

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The Summer of my Content

August 11, 2013

  This morning I stumbled across article that simply won’t get read enough, I am sure. It’s a New York Times article explaining a study of women’s job satisfaction when they are in positions of authority.  In explaining the gender gap in leadership, these social scientists looked at the perceived benefits (not even financial benefits) […]

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I’m trapped in a kitchen with eleven teenagers,  unable to speak a word.  Two are stirring pans over a hot stove, two are grating cheese (their fingers getting closer and closer to the blade as I type.)  Six are wielding knives, dangerously close to chopping off their own fingers.  Several of them are singing Justin […]

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After a year of blogging the first draft, and three years of edits, my book is finally here! Home Away: A Year of Misapprehensions, Transformations, and Rosé at Lunch. Read it. Love it. Review it on Amazon.  Now we can say, for real, Launa Wrote.

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During the school year, I told myself that I would spend the whole summer writing.  Sure, I would be planning next year’s curriculum, and visiting friends, and walking the kids to camp, and hiking, but I’d also be writing. While I try to pretend that every summer is insanely, infinitely long, it’s more accurate to […]

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