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Survey human history or take a look at the nearest playground, and you see a common theme: conflict. My students' conflicts took a tremendous toll on their ability to learn. A simple process called a Peace Talk changed everything.

Spend five minutes watching a child play a video game, and you'll see proof that kids crave challenge. I see this play out every day in math class.

There's a metaphor in Zen Buddhism of a traveler walking in a light mist. She doesn't even realize she's getting wet, but suddenly she's soaked. That's the kind of impact Writer's Workshop has on young writers.


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