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Looking at the changing landscape of P.E.
BY David Snyder
August 15, 2013

Tamar Kiewe, 14, enjoys being active and loves playing sports. And, for the most part, she says, she was one of the few girls who actually participated in her physical education class at Pikesville Middle School. But, there’s one element of P.E. that puzzles her: the regular smattering of fitness tests. Timed runs, push-ups, sit-ups, CONTINUE »

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New bullying program targets preschool set
BY Simone Ellin
August 15, 2013

Can a 4-year-old be a bully? Donna Kane, Jewish Community Services school and camp consultant, says bullying behavior can happen in preschool, but she stresses there is a distinction to be made between bullying and developmentally age-appropriate behavior. “If a child is grabbing a toy from another child, it can look like bullying, but it CONTINUE »

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Tips on how to perfect your routine as a classroom jokester
BY David Snyder
August 15, 2013

There’s a certain level of satisfaction in making a roomful of people crack up. And, as a career class clown, it’s one I’ve experienced time and time again. My peak came during freshman year of college, when a quick-witted response to a question led to my 250-student economics lecture erupting in laughter. (The professor was CONTINUE »

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Prepping for our polyglot future, language education keeps pace with the times
BY Amy Landsman
August 15, 2013

After a month in Israel this summer, David Gevarter arrived home with a suitcase full of laundry and a much better grasp of Hebrew. “I learned a lot of words that I wouldn’t have retained had I just read them from a dictionary — words that came in handy reading the signs,” says Gervarter, a CONTINUE »

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Kids need a lot, so why do they get so little?
BY Amy Landsman
August 15, 2013

There have been times that teacher Joel Monroe has resorted to dropping a stack of books next to the desk of a sleeping student. Monroe, chairman of the history department at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School, doesn’t do it because he’s a mean guy. It’s just that sometimes he has to resort to drastic measures CONTINUE »