Blog Posts

Decluttering the Teacher-Centric Classroom

August 1, 2021

Classroom spaces should tell us about our students, who they are, and what they value. The building was bursting with energy: Empty boxes and welcome banners filled the halls. Teachers were creating and mounting bulletin boards, unpacking boxes and assembling learning materials, and decorating their classroom doors. I still remember how each year our faculty worked late into the night preparing for opening day. And sure enough, when students arrived […]

The Two Pillars of a Productive School Team

June 28, 2021

In determining the productivity of a team, we need to consider both its degree of success and whether its members are improving. How do you define “team”? When you picture a team, do you envision a group of athletes in uniform competing against others? Or maybe a group of students from the same school collaborating to solve a problem? Or perhaps you imagine a group of medical professionals working together […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 30, No 7

June 17, 2021

Dear MI Friends, Happy summer or winter, depending upon the hemisphere in which you reside. Regardless of your latitude, I hope that you are vaccinated and life is returning to normal. I begin with an apology because this issue of Intelligence Connections, Volume 30 Number 7, is way overdue. My problem (this problem, anyway) is that I switched email platforms – twice! Moving to a new platform and then moving […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 30, No 6

April 12, 2021

Hi to MI Fans, Thankfully, it appears that just maybe we are nearing returning to normal from Covid-19. I continue to ponder how this experience has changed education. I will be surprised (and disappointed) if we simply return to educating the way we’ve always done it. I will share more about this in a future newsletter. Applause goes to the health care workers who have bravely taken care of everyone […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 30, No 5

January 23, 2021

Dear MI Friends, I found myself fighting back tears because I was moved by both significant events and by small, routine happenings. The inauguration of Joe Biden, our 46th president, gripped me and elicited strong feelings of appreciation, optimism, and gratitude. It was a powerful experience, and many others said that it had that impact on them, too. “But why?” I wondered. Days have passed yet I continue to ponder […]

The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab

January 21, 2021

In November of 2020, New City School announced the opening and dedication of The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab. Here’s what they said… On Friday, October 16th, Head of School Alexis Wright and a very small group of masked and socially-distanced former Board Presidents and former faculty celebrated the dedication and opening of New City’s newest classroom, The Tom Hoerr Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab consists of 2,500 square feet of […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 30, No 4

December 1, 2020

Hi MI Readers, Happy post-Thanksgiving to my USA friends and happy greetings to other readers, too. These are parlous times around the world, but we all, I am sure, have reason to give thanks. Covid vaccines are on the way and while it will take longer than we like to get back to normal, this is encouraging news. Personally, while I am thankful for Zoom I am eager for life […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 30, No 3

November 1, 2020

Hi Friends, How are things going for you? I hope that you’re safe and not suffering from too much Zoom fatigue. I’ve talked to many, many teachers and principals, and it seems that everyone is working harder and longer in these COVID days than before. Of course, these difficulties are exacerbated when we don’t get to be with our students in person and experience their smiles and joyful learning. It […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 30, No 2

September 20, 2020

Hi MI Friends, These are crazy times. Who could imagine that we are encouraged to wear masks when entering a bank!?! It’s obvious that Covid is taking an emotional toll on everyone, adults and kids. I work with many teachers and administrtors in in my role at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) and I know how hard everyone is working. Teachers and principals are spending more time now than […]

Multiple Intelligences Newsletter, Vol 30, No 1

July 14, 2020

Hi MI Friends, These times are unique, uncertain, and dangerous. How’s that for a formula for stress! I hope you are safe and healthy. Recently I was Zooming with hundreds of educators in Argentina, and at the end of the presentation, the host, Alastair Grant, asked me what advice I had for teachers. First, I replied, we all need to step back and take a deep breath and make sure […]


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