Karen Carney

Getting to know you (and me) through buddy letters

A date, a salutation, at least five sentences, a picture they’d like, a closing, and your name.  It’s good to ask at least one question so they have something to respond to.  These were the parameters of a buddy letter, as a few complaining middle schoolers explained to me.  What were they complaining about?  Not…

On Saying “I don’t know.”

Twenty-first-century education can not be about simply filling kids’ heads with knowledge, but rather it is about teaching them the skills and attitudes that they need to become learners.  Today, through our digital connections, more information and knowledge than ever is at our fingertips.  Just to read through everything on Wikipedia would take a lifetime. …

Queries after an American Insurrection

I spent the first period of this day with our middle school students and teachers, talking through yesterday’s deeply unsettling events at the US Capitol.  At noon, I sat with Renata and a group of 2nd – 4th-grade students who wished to discuss it.   Both sessions started with student questions.  A younger student asked why President Trump doesn’t understand…