My Amygdala Ate My Homework!

My Amygdala Ate My Homework!

When I arrive at my job, several people run to the door to hug me. During each day, at least one person falls out of her chair, someone bursts into tears, and several people fail to complete their assignments. My co-workers drop food on the carpet, flip upside down into headstands, and make fart jokes. Half of them interrupt me…

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Combating Stereotypes in the Classroom

Combating Stereotypes in the Classroom

As I prepare for the coming school year, I’m planning lessons and looking forward to seeing new faces in my classroom. But something that happened over the summer is also on my mind. Our nation’s bifurcated reaction to the tragedy of Trayvon Martin’s death and George Zimmerman’s subsequent acquittal cries out for each of us to rethink race, youth, guns,…

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Changing Our Minds

Changing Our Minds

Anxiety runs in my family like a river and its tributaries, but until I met my own daughter, I had not fully believed that anxiety could be caused entirely by wiring rather than experience. Her father and I were intimately familiar with the heart-racing, dizzying awfulness of panic, yet we wondered: How could a much-loved baby suffer anxiety? She had…

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