Who Determines the Success of a Lesson?

Last October 2014, my colleague Dr. Dorothy Suskind approached the fifth grade team with an amazing idea: to have the boys create catapults from common materials such as popsicle sticks, paper towel rolls, tape, and other recyclable items to launch a candy corn.  The boys would then compete to see which catapult launched the candy… Read more

The Power Of Story

For a number of years I had all my journalism students write an essay that opens with “This I believe” based on the 1950s radio series with the same name where people read something they’ve written about the core values that guide their daily lives. Students’ stories ran the gamut from this I believe in… Read more

The Mask I Live In

The worst part about crying is after you’re done. I remember it was a Thursday afternoon and my day was going terribly. I had a bunch of work due, I was having relationship problems and my aunt’s cancer was taking a toll on her. I felt like I had the weight of the world on… Read more

“The Mask You Live In” free film screening

St. Christopher’s School’s Center for the Study of Boys presents a free screening of the documentary film, The Mask You Live In. Sunday, November 1 | 1-3 pm Westhampton Theater 5706 Grove Avenue Click HERE to register for the event. Though it is free, you have to reserve a spot to attend. The Mask You… Read more

“Journeys to Manhood” speaker series with Joe Ehermann

“Journeys to Manhood” Speaker Series  with Joe Ehrmann.  Joe is featured in the film, The Mask You Live In , and joined us to discuss how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men. Photos from the event: About Joe Ehrmann: Joe is featured in the film, The Mask You Live… Read more

B.U.I.L.D.ing Boys

As an educator, I am passionate about a variety of topics.  One component that has been a common thread in my teaching is that I have always encouraged the use of creativity, technology, and problem solving in the classroom. A program that is part of St. Christopher’s Second Century Vision is B.U.I.L.D. “Boys Using Innovation… Read more

The School Pill

I dreaded going to school as a kid. I had much more fun riding my bike, hanging with my buddies, and watching TV. Alice Cooper’s School’s Out spoke to me in a visceral way. In fact, as I made my way toward middle school, I despised the concept of classwork, studying, and test taking even… Read more

If You’re Excited About School, Clap Your Hands!

In April 2014, Dave Menges called and offered me the opportunity of a lifetime: to join the first grade team at St. Christopher’s.  I was elated!  But then the nerves kicked in, and I began to wonder what I would do with a classroom full of boys and no girls to temper the testosterone.  I… Read more

None of You Would Change Places with Me

According to Dr. Norma Feshbach, a professor at UCLA, exposing children to empathy, helping them to understand what it means to stand in another person’s shoes, “results in low aggression, strong social development, and greater cognitive performance and achievement.” As a society, we can’t afford not to make it a priority. It is certainly the… Read more

The Funny Bone Effect

Friends often ask me how I can stand teaching high school boys.  I have only one answer: I love them.  How can we not?  They are stuck between childhood and maturity, beginning their journey toward adulthood in lurches and lulls.  Boys can be fearless- yet they need to know with certainty that you have their… Read more