November 24, 2015

A physical therapist observes the effects of restricted movement on middle school students. “I’m doing anything I can to pay attention…It’s useless, I checked out forty-five minutes ago…50% of the children are fidgeting and the rest are…slumped over their desks…I was planning on observing the whole day. I just can’t do it. I d...

November 17, 2015

 We caught up with ElsBeth after her day of classes at Mid-Cape Middle School and talked about her campaign to “attack the attack on fun in school.”


“I just wanted to help,” ElsBeth said. “Our teachers work so hard. But they have so many things they have to do that have nothing to do with teaching. A lot of the fun of learning...

November 10, 2015

Cecelia and Sun Tzu


A drab drizzle unwelcomed Cecelia when she awoke to another day of sixth grade.

To strike back at a doom that seemed to stretch to next June, she snatched up her gay new tartan beret before she’d even gotten to the bathroom to brush her teeth—hopeful that a bright nonchalance was her best attack on a fut...

November 3, 2015

How did you get started writing?



Chris: I have always written, since grade school, particularly poetry, and was often asked by schoolmates to edit or write things for them. When I was fifteen a student asked if I’d write a poem for an assignment he had. It was selected and published in the school literary magazine under his n...

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