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LATEST POSTS


openness to learn blog post
Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020
A Black High School Student’s Experience on a Predominantly White Campus By Aliyah Knudsen When I was a freshman, I went to St Mary’s High School in Lynn, Mass. It’s a brick building that looks like a prison, but not in a bad way. A lot of the...
black lives matter protest
Posted on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
By Ariel Martin-Cone Members of the Landmark High School administration crafted a thoughtful and meaningful explanation of the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movements for the student body. The article provides clarifying examples that...
elementary students meditating
Posted on Monday, September 14, 2020
This is the second post in a five-part series about students, stress, and anxiety. The first article is an overview of anxiety, the third discusses how a student learned to manage her anxiety, the fourth explores how mindfulness can reduce anxiety...

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LEARNING


steamworks at landmark high school
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018
By Carl Gasowski Walking into the STEAMworks Technology Department in the school where I teach, one might see a student working on a computer-controlled wood carving, or perhaps constructing and programming a drone, or maybe even composing and...
boy reading
Posted by By Joanna A. Christodoulou on Tuesday, May 30, 2017
"Reading must be integrated into summer activities." Reading activities during the summer can play an important role in helping students maintain their reading skills. Summer slump, or the potential for academic skills to regress during school...
game pieces
Posted by By Melissa Davidson on Thursday, January 26, 2017
"The gamification of learning is an educational approach to motivate students to learn by using video-game design and game elements in learning environments." Students staring off into space, sleeping at their desks, fidgeting in their chairs...

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LEARNING DISABILITIES


boy learning at table
Posted by By Melody O’Neil on Thursday, October 26, 2017
This is part two of the five-part series, What Is a Language-Based Learning Disability?  Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLDs) refer to an array of difficulties related to the understanding or processing of both spoken and written language...
Bob Broudo Headmaster Landmark School
Posted by Bob Broudo, Headmaster Landmark School on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Part One of a Five-Part Series, What Is a Language-Based Learning Disability? We KNOW that the awareness of dyslexia and Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD) began around 1900 with observations of children who appeared “normal” and could...
young women marching protesting
Posted by By Natalie Tamburello on Thursday, August 17, 2017
When you think about social movements that you learned about growing up, what do you remember? What do you see in your mind’s eye? For a moment, reflect on your experience when you learned about the civil rights movement. Were you sitting at your...

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SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL
TOPICS


Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013
Submitted by Rachel Urbonas, Landmark School Senior, writing to the late J.D. Salinger after having read The Catcher in the Rye Dear Mr. Salinger, When I was first assigned your novel, The Catcher in the Rye, I was expecting another bland piece of...
donna hicks headshot
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013
Submitted by Donna Hicks, Ph.D. It was pouring down rain on Friday June 7 — graduation day for the class of 2013 at Landmark High School in Beverly, MA.  This was no ordinary graduation, and the rain did not put a damper on the joy that infused...
donna hicks headshot
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Submitted by Donna Hicks, Ph.D. After working in the field of international conflict resolution for nearly 20 years, I decided to take some time off in order to write about what I felt was a missing link in our understanding of conflict. No matter...

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COLLEGE PREP



TEACHING


three girls looking at book
Posted by By Abigail McFee on Friday, July 14, 2017
Every summer, struggling readers in first through fourth grade participate in Tufts University’s Summer Reading Program for a month of remediation—and empowerment. Some skip through the door, seemingly filled with mirth at the idea of their...
line drawing of an ear
Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016
By Linda Gross, M.A., CCC-SLP In recognition of May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month here are some classroom tips to help students. While these tips are meant for the classroom, they can be applied in almost any setting. Avoid asking, “Do...
flipped classroom graphic
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016
By Kimberly Hildebrandt If you are an educator, you have probably heard of the Flipped Classroom. It is all the rage right now, and for good reason. The concept is simple, though the implementation can be quite varied. Here’s the big idea:...

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