Blog Archives

I got in a fight

It was verbal. I was discussing current events with friends recently and we had a disagreement. I said a few things that would not be considered,  “kind words”. After a period of righteous indignation, the realization that I had been

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern

What I learned at Harvard

Full disclosure, I did not attend Harvard University. I just returned from a conference hosted on campus which focused on executive function and social emotional learning. On my flight back to Chicago, my brain was processing and attempting to synthesize

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern

Let’s put on a show

How many of us can say that a play we wrote or original choreography we created has been performed before an audience of over 200 people? Our 9-12 students can make that impressive claim. Every year, the oldest students in

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern, Academic Programs

Why ” the wave ” makes all the difference

I would suspect that I am my worst self when trying to make it to NNM in the morning; impatient, intolerant, and impulsive. But I have a soft spot. I will forgive or allow the most egregious driving offenses if

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern, Parent Education

Do less, Do it Better

Elementary children are expected to be generalists or Renaissance learners. On any given day, they may be researching panda habitats, attempting calligraphy, learning long division, perfecting their free throw, all while navigating the complicated social whirl of the classroom. It

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern

It’s just a cookie, or is it ? Parental Guilt

I’m a parent and I know very well how my own children could be pretty expert at leveraging guilt. Unfortunately, this skill improves with age. I would guess that most parents would say they want their children to be resilient

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern

Do you have plans tonight?

Today, Josh Ochs did a very informative discussion for our 6th graders about how they may use social media to impact their future in a positive way. I have three children between the ages of 23 and 16, so I

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern, Academic Programs, Parent Education

Safe, Smart & Social: Talking to your kids about social media

Sharing our thoughts and experiences is the appeal of the social media experience but what happens when we may have shared too much… Our children will increasingly be tasked with managing their social media profile. How will they manage this

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Posted in 6-12 - Anne Matern, Academic Programs