What Do You Do When Your Child Says, ‘I’m Bored’?
When a child says, “I’m bored,” many of us immediately feel a moment of dread. We assume that they don’t have enough to do or whatever they are doing isn’t engaging or is too easy or too difficult. Worst of all, we might simply think that we have not fulfilled our role as parents or […]Continue Reading
Chag Pesach Sameach!
Dear Bialik Families and Friends, I know it’s a little hard to believe, but it’s spring! In my native Washington DC, the cherry blossoms are blooming, hayfever sufferers are sneezing, and winter coats have long since been safely stored away. As I write this message, the kids outside my window at recess are shedding their […]Continue Reading
Executive Functioning at School and at Home
Your child comes home and tells you about a homework assignment which is almost due, but the required books and materials are nowhere to be found at home. Suddenly, your child remembers that they were about to pack them at the end of the school day when they were distracted by a friend inviting them […]Continue Reading
How to Create a Trusting, Positive and Collaborative Relationship with Your Child’s School
My colleagues are often shocked to hear that I was a difficult student in elementary school, spending many hours in the Principal’s office. As the fourth child in a family of five children, I would do (almost) anything to gain attention. Throughout my behavioural struggles at school, I remember feeling frustrated that my mother always […]Continue Reading
The STEM Magic You’ve Been Waiting For
Dear Bialik Families, We are thrilled to be able to share some exciting news with you about our new STEM Learning Commons. Some may call this the best, worst-kept secret in the history of the school! It will likely come as no surprise to you that we are now announcing the launch of our Vision […]Continue Reading
The Coming of Age of Technology in Education
It’s 2019 and for the first time in my 23-year career as an educational IT leader, I can finally say that technology — for the classroom — has come of age. What technology delivers has gone beyond automating human actions, it is now changing modes of education — the pedagogy — and has reached a […]Continue Reading
Tips on Raising Kids Who Love to Read
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss Thinking back on my childhood, I recall many positive experiences reading with my parents, grandparents, teachers and friends. I remember looking at picture books, getting excited about being able to read […]Continue Reading
How to Help Your Kid Develop a Growth Mindset
One evening my parents and I were sitting around my living room watching my 2-year-old son put together a puzzle. After days of working on the same puzzle, he finally finished it and clapped for himself. “He’s brilliant. I knew he would be smart,“ my dad said. Of course his saba thinks his grandson is […]Continue Reading
Kids Can be Changemakers
In my first year at Bialik, it came to me when I was speaking to a Grade 3 class. A child raised his hand and said to me, “Where are OUR student council representatives, Mrs. Greenberg?” He was clearly thinking that he wanted to have someone he knew representing HIS voice and HIS interests as […]Continue Reading
3 Things to Look Out For to Help Kids Understand How They Learn!
I played baseball for over 16 years, mostly as a catcher. Throughout my playing career, I was often successful because I was able to quickly recognize my strengths and, more importantly, my weaknesses. For example, I may not have been able to hit a home run, but I knew how to get on a base. […]Continue Reading