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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.

  • Showing skin
    by Julie Nariman on June 23, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    In a diverse high school like ours, students’ clothing can fall at two ends of the spectrum: revealing, or very conservative. Students from Dominican Republic might see a crop top as normal school wear, while a student from Yemen might see a female’s bare arms or hair as taboo. It’s an interesting balance.  Where do … Continue reading Showing skin

  • Makeda from Panama
    by Julie Nariman on June 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    As a principal, I usually operate with generosity. That doesn’t mean my mind isn’t stingy. A student can enter the school system at any point in the year, September to June. As a Bronx public high school for newcomer immigrants, we take kids in at any time, no matter when they arrive. About half of … Continue reading Makeda from Panama

  • A job I won’t delegate
    by Julie Nariman on March 11, 2022 at 11:09 am

    At our school this year, we do a “grab and go ” lunch in which students can grab a packaged hot lunch and take it home, or eat it in a classroom. We did this to avoid using the cafeteria due to COVID. To make sure students don’t get hungry earlier in the day, we … Continue reading A job I won’t delegate

  • A bird in the room
    by Julie Nariman on July 25, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    It’s been a quiet year to work in a school building: 10 or fewer kids per class seated six feet apart, wearing masks, while the other 2/3 of our students did remote learning from home. No more interruptions or discipline problems. I felt almost like I had an office job, hopping onto Zoom meetings and … Continue reading A bird in the room

  • My mother isn’t home
    by Julie Nariman on March 7, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Like all public high schools in New York City, my school is operating remotely. Overall, it’s going well, yet it’s also easy for students to disappear.  To find these students, I’ve started to do home visits with my assistant principal Yan. We look up the addresses, create a route, and set off on our journey. … Continue reading My mother isn’t home

  • 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