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Hands-on, practical firsthand tips from Julie Nariman, one of New York City's most innovative educators, for students and parents navigating the high school years. Julie holds forth on everything from how air conditioners affect student learning to how pizza and math go together. For more information, please check out her blog.
  • The lonely kid
    by Julie Nariman on May 29, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    In my last blog, I wrote about a student who is thriving with online work. In this blog, I’ll write about a student who has struggled: Adam.* Adam has had his ups and down as a student. in 9th grade, he arrived in the United States from Yemen. 9th and 10th grade were successful years … Continue reading The lonely kid

  • Meeting Lucas for the first time
    by Julie Nariman on May 1, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    For some students, remote learning has been a hurdle while for others, it’s transformed their lives for the better.  Today I’m going to focus on the latter. Lucas* is a 12th grader who initially started as a like-able yet hot-headed 9th grader—quick to get embroiled in conflict, yet also quick to smile.  Over the years, … Continue reading Meeting Lucas for the first time

  • Channeling my inner Mr. Rogers
    by Julie Nariman on April 24, 2020 at 11:54 am

    I’ve always liked talking to students, even if they’re “in trouble.”  I find it healing for me and for them.  I “channel my inner Mr. Rogers,” and try to see the world from a kid’s perspective. When we moved to remote learning last month, I knew we had use video to bring our presence to … Continue reading Channeling my inner Mr. Rogers

  • To Whom It May Concern
    by Julie Nariman on April 17, 2020 at 10:54 am

    We’re in our fourth week of remote learning after schools were closed for COVID-19. Thinking back to last month, I am still amazed by what we accomplished in three days: all teachers learned how to create Google Classrooms, film themselves teaching, and run videoconferencing “office hours” with students.  We created a plan for a reasonable … Continue reading To Whom It May Concern

  • School is home
    by Julie Nariman on March 15, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    It has been a surprisingly rich week for me to work in a public high school.  I saw my staff’s dedication in a new light, and I saw what school means to kids with the very real possibility of schools being closed. Let me say upfront that this is not a piece for or against … Continue reading School is home

  • All figured out
    by Julie Nariman on February 28, 2020 at 11:02 am

    When I was a first-year teacher, I thought my second year of teaching would be unimaginably easy.  By year two, I reckoned, I’d have it all figured out: a year’s worth of lesson plans and perfect systems for grading and classroom management.  As a result, I’d have all kinds of free time on the weekend. … Continue reading All figured out

  • Honking towards graduation
    by Julie Nariman on February 1, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    Zamir* was a 12th grade student, originally from Albania.  He had come to New York with his older sister when he was in the 10th grade, and hadn’t seen his parents for almost 3 years.  His sister did her best to support him, but didn’t seem prepared to manage a teenage boy.  She also had … Continue reading Honking towards graduation

  • “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”
    by Julie Nariman on January 6, 2020 at 11:24 am

    In most high schools, something very dramatic happens every 45 to 60 minutes: students transition from one class to another.  A school that seems peaceful and quiet while everyone is in class, suddenly erupts as hundreds of teenagers are in the hallway. When my school first opened in 2011 with 90 students and 4 classrooms, … Continue reading “5, 4, 3, 2, 1”

  • Why I love 9th graders
    by Julie Nariman on November 16, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I love 9th graders; this week, I experienced again why. Periodically, I visit every classroom to deliver a quick “check in” or important message.  My visits can be to remind students of an expectation (“Let’s keep our cafeteria clean”), say “Thank you” for an exemplary behavior, or reinforce a value we’re teaching, like persevering through … Continue reading Why I love 9th graders

  • We don’t call parents to complain
    by Julie Nariman on October 11, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Every year, there seems to be a class that gets a bad rap-“that class,” which teachers say is tough to teach. Recently a few teachers met with me about this year’s “tough class.” The teacher’s solution: they wanted to invite the students’ parents into the classrooms to witness how the students were behaving. I was … Continue reading We don’t call parents to complain

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