Education and NYC High School SystemDiscussions and advice straight from one of New York City's foremost educators. Julie Nariman comments on a wide range of issues that concern educators and parents alike such as how to be a more effective teacher or how to be a more informed parent. If you are an educator looking for the latest advice on teaching methods and techniques or a concerned parent looking for help for your child, please take a closer look at our blogs for current news and developments.
by Julie Nariman on November 4, 2019 at 11:20 am
I’ve learned to not worry about work-life balance: I enjoy work, and I enjoy all things I do when I’m not working. I don’t worry about The post Yellow trees first appeared on Julie Nariman.
by Julie Nariman on August 10, 2019 at 3:04 pm
“Congratulations on your work anniversary!” wrote a connection on LinkedIn. A few other “Congrats” popped up in the next few days. What work anniversary? I thought. The post Work Anniversary first appeared on Julie Nariman.
The perfect pen
by Julie Nariman on July 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm
I was in my office about to start a job interview with a young math teacher. I could see the teacher across the hall, waiting in The post The perfect pen first appeared on Julie Nariman.
The specialness of being un-special: a reflection on hiring
by Julie Nariman on July 12, 2019 at 3:39 pm
It’s July and we’re hiring teachers for the next school year. I’ve learned something odd about hiring: the more I feel I “need” a potential candidate, The post The specialness of being un-special: a reflection on hiring first appeared on Julie Nariman.
An ideal commute
by Julie Nariman on June 30, 2019 at 7:11 pm
For the last five years until just recently, I walked to work every day. In 2014, I moved to the Bronx. I moved into a lovely The post An ideal commute first appeared on Julie Nariman.
“Doing” versus “Being”
by Julie Nariman on June 2, 2019 at 5:22 pm
I never fully understood the difference between “doing” and “being.” I had heard it explained by my leadership consultants: “What is most important is your being The post "Doing" versus "Being" first appeared on Julie Nariman.
Being in Nature
by Julie Nariman on April 9, 2019 at 11:23 am
In the past week, I’ve had two extraordinary opportunities that showed me the healing and rejuvenating power of being in nature. Last week, my 12th graders The post Being in Nature first appeared on Julie Nariman.
Staring at trees
by Julie Nariman on March 15, 2019 at 11:16 am
I have discovered a remarkable way to increase my productivity: taking a break in the middle of the day, sitting on the steps in front of The post Staring at trees first appeared on Julie Nariman.
Nikki Giovanni: Unapologetically herself
by Julie Nariman on February 23, 2019 at 3:44 pm
“The glory of God is a man fully alive.” I have always loved this quote and I met its embodiment in the poet Nikki Giovanni. I The post Nikki Giovanni: Unapologetically herself first appeared on Julie Nariman.
The Opportunity Myth
by Julie Nariman on February 12, 2019 at 11:57 am
I attend monthly meetings with the other 40 or so principals. The professional development at these meetings is always something that gives me insights into how to The post The Opportunity Myth first appeared on Julie Nariman.
Unconnected and Unimportant
by Julie Nariman on January 31, 2019 at 12:02 pm
I love to put my phone away when I’m eating dinner, or sitting in a class or lecture. I love to go hiking and realize I The post Unconnected and Unimportant first appeared on Julie Nariman.
Stopping by Mr. D’s
by Julie Nariman on January 19, 2019 at 2:41 am
I love my neighborhood in the Bronx. It’s diverse with many immigrants and filled with busy, bustling stores. Right around the corner, I have a shoe The post Stopping by Mr. D's first appeared on Julie Nariman.
by Julie Nariman on January 9, 2019 at 12:34 am
I love buying groceries. I love being in any kind of food store or supermarket. In fact, when I visit foreign countries, visiting supermarkets is one of The post Choosing chilis first appeared on Julie Nariman.
by Julie Nariman on January 1, 2019 at 5:15 pm
Yesterday, New Year’s Eve, I started to see the urge to define a “new, better me” for the New Year. I got a slew of emails The post No resolutions first appeared on Julie Nariman.
They Shall Not Grow Old
by Julie Nariman on December 28, 2018 at 5:48 pm
Yesterday I saw a screening of Peter Jackson’s magnificent film They Shall Not Grow Old, a documentary about World War I British soldiers. He tells the The post They Shall Not Grow Old first appeared on Julie Nariman.
Relishing work before vacation
by Julie Nariman on December 22, 2018 at 1:16 pm
Yesterday was the Friday before winter break. I noticed people using a typical greeting I hear each year around this time: “One day until break,” or “Let’s make The post Relishing work before vacation first appeared on Julie Nariman.
by julie on December 16, 2018 at 4:52 pm
School offices are busy spaces. A lot can be happening at once in a small space: computers humming, phones ringing, a parent visiting to get information or The post Creating space first appeared on Julie Nariman.
“I get to” versus “I have to”
by Julie Nariman on November 11, 2018 at 1:45 pm
This week, a brilliant new book is coming out: Being Here . . . Too: Short Stories of Modern Day Enlightenment. It’s a compilation of stories The post "I get to" versus "I have to" first appeared on Julie Nariman.
Making thinking transparent
by Julie Nariman on October 24, 2018 at 10:56 am
Every week, my assistant principals and I hold a meeting with the teacher-leaders of each department in our high school: math, science, social studies, and English. The post Making thinking transparent first appeared on Julie Nariman.
The monk of Chinatown
by julie on October 10, 2018 at 10:27 am
A few months ago, I visited my brother in Boulder Creek, California. We took a day trip to San Francisco and spent time wandering around. At The post The monk of Chinatown first appeared on Julie Nariman.