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The Thinking Cap Newsletter

Volume 9, Issue 3

Summer 2017

A Word From Our Founder

Alexandra Mayzler, Executive Director, Thinking Caps

Greetings to our ever-widening Thinking Caps family. We made it! Congratulations on a wonderful school year. I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to all of our wonderful families for letting us work with such bright, passionate, and exceptional students. These kids teach us so much about the process of learning and engage us every day. It has been a pleasure watching them grow and find their footing this past year. more

Tutor Spotlight

Tia Mancuso

Growing up, my least favorite question on standardized tests were: “Please check the box that best applies to you: White; Black; Hispanic; Asian; Other.” I never quite fit neatly into a tiny box, and at such a young age, I felt completely invalidated by admitting I fit into the “other” category. Surely there was more to me than a lonely check mark. more

You Ask, We Answer!

A student asks: I used to be really good at English. I never had to study and I always contributed to class discussions. But now I feel like everything we read is really abstract, symbolic and makes no sense. I also find it hard to follow along with discussions. Besides, it’s boring! Even worse, my teachers are suddenly way harsher when grading papers. read our answer!

Tips and Helpful Hints from Tutors:

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas by Rebecca Solnit
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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Parent's Corner

A parent asks: My daughter had a rough time at the end of this school year and in general the transition to 9th grade was very difficult for her. How can I use this summer to help her recharge and remember what she used to enjoy about learning? our answer