Monday Musings

from The Kravis Center 

Monday, October 8, 2018 

Dear Colleagues,
Happy Monday!


From putting bugs on our dinner plates to an editorial on leadership by recent graduate Emma González of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to a couple (of what could have been a dozen) articles on how to educate our boys and girls on sex education in light of the Kavanaugh confirmation, there is plenty to read this week. As a reminder, all Monday Musings will be archived on the Kravis Center portal, so if you don't have a chance to read the ones that you would like now, you can always read them later.

A reminder that access to Independent School Magazine is free for all. The fall issue focuses on on diversity and inclusion. The link will take you to all back issues as well.


I wasn't sure where to include Why aren't we eating more insects? (The New York Times) Science? Wellbeing? I do wonder why insects have not crawled onto our plates (or
been boiled/fried/sauteed or roasted first and then placed on our plate gently by a chef we trust). Who knows? Maybe they will be featured in the new dining hall . . .

Technology in the Classroom


An interesting brief talk with José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College, about the importance of great teaching and understanding that the best schools and teachers are"teaching
students to do things on their own."
(Submitted by Mary Forrester)


Learn to Change Your Mind (



• We have a  QUIA account!


If you would like to use it, please let me know. Lilian Hutchinson has
used it for quite a while and has offered to answer your questions, or participate in a session on classroom technology (we could also talk about other tech options).


Finally Apple releases screen time controls (Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age) 

Mental Well-being 


Sheila mentioned the other day that a parent asked her whether Loomis has a 'bro culture.' Here's an interesting read on the topic.


7 tips for difficult conversations with students (@DavidGeurin Blog) 


This blog takes a deeper dive into how to create a more sustainable work/life balance. ( 


In case you haven't seen this sign posted around campus, here is a closer look at 50 Ways to Take a Break. ( 


Important Questions to Ask your Students - perhaps in advisory group, in the dorm, in class. (Edutopia) 



I have included an article on leadership written by Emma González, a recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. I am not sure about the shaving of the head part, but I agree with voting and even crying (but hopefully not both at the same time).


A Young Activist's Advice: Vote, Shave Your Head, and Cry Whenever You Need To (The New York Times


10 School Leadership Best Practices ( 


Strong principals retain effective teachers - and don't retain ineffective ones ( 

Diversity & Inclusion 


Being Black in White Spaces, NAIS


Resources for discussing the Kavanaugh hearings with students,


Student Opinion: What Are Your Thoughts About the Kavanaugh Senate Hearing?

More good questions to ask students as we reflect on the Kavanaugh hearings (The New York Times


I mentioned Waking up White by Debby Irving in the Monday Musings for September 24 and October 1.


I strongly recommend this book because of the historical perspective that it offers. There are many historical events with which I was not familiar (many that she added in the lecture that are not included in the book), which added tremendous depth and perspective to the systemic racism that the US faces today. I just finished up a series of 3 follow-up sessions at Windsor High School which delved into the history of racism, court cases, CT history, and much more.

Professional Development Opportunities

As we gear up for Open Classroom Week, here are a few articles to get us thinking about the excitement and purpose of sustaining professional learning and growth opportunities!


Why Excellent Teaching Matters and what it looks like (Report on Teaching)


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Neuroscience of Learning 

The Importance of Struggle (
Feel free to watch the entire video. However, Professor Jo Boaler of Stanford University begins at minute 3:30.


Tricking our brains to learn and remember
American Psychological Association (Submitted by Scott MacClintic)



"In 2018, culture is being evaluated for its moral correctness more than for its quality" 


 "The civilized dinner party is probably over — even when you're dining with friends. Everything means too much now."


The Morality Wars (The New York Times


If You Could Add One Book to the High School Curriculum, What Would It Be? (The New York Times)


Using Twitter a Plus for my Math Teaching

Interesting article on the importance of staying engaged and collaborating through Twitter.


Should We Teach About Consent in K-12? Brett Kavanaugh's Home State Says Yes 

(Anya Kamenetz, All Things Considered, NPR) 


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