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Ben Talsma

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May 26, 2021 An Open Letter to Teachers

To Whom it May Concern: Congratulations! You’ve made it. You’ve persevered through the most difficult school year of our…

May 12, 2021 Recovering from a Pandemic

The world is living through a K-shaped recovery; certain sectors of the economy have recovered quickly from the…

April 28, 2021 Why and Why Not: Two Questions at the Heart of Education

During World War I, the death rate from bacterial pneumonia was 18%. In World War II, that number fell to less than 1%,…

April 14, 2021 Something Completely Different: Rethinking Student Engagment

There are no deserts in Michigan, where I live, and so I was unprepared for the dry heat and the relentless sun my…

March 24, 2021 The Little Things Add Up

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference. The smile in the hallway. The hand on the shoulder. The…

March 22, 2021 Of Science and Stories

Have you ever heard the story of The Ant and the Grasshopper? As the fable goes, the Ant works throughout the summer to store up…

March 3, 2021 The Mind-Changing Magic of Words!

Bumblebees see ultraviolet light. The fact seems almost trivial until you stop and think about it. Ultraviolet is a…

February 10, 2021 Richer Soil: Cultivating Change in the Classroom

Last week, I spoke with a teacher who wanted to give up. She was crushed, physically and emotionally, by the demands of pandemic…