I recently received this question from a parent: What I would like to see you write about is the electronic evolution in schools in which nothing is on paper anymore, no text books, work books, etc. I'm struggling with this especially for my middle schoolers where I can't ever see the breakdown of a grade … Continue reading How Can I Help My Child In School When Everything Is Virtual?
Most parents agree that they need to be involved with their child's education. But where's the balance between being a helicopter parent and too "stand-off?" Well, here's 5 ways to be involved and empower children at school.
Recently I came across a homework course from the No Guilt Mom called Homework 911 for Kids. I thought it was definitely worth taking a look at. As a teacher, I know how hard the homework struggle can be. But is this course actually going to change how your family does Homework? Is Homework 911 for Kids worth buying?
Our nation expects teachers to pump out socially and academically competent students each year. Not only do they expect these standards, but they expect teachers to do it with minimal resources and income. Then when teachers fail to meet our expectations, parents and policy makers become angry at the teachers. However, because teachers are not … Continue reading Parents Need To Inspect More and Expect Less From Education
After much research on kindergarten and how it effects future success, this post answers the age old question: If my child has a summer or fall birthday, can I (or should I) send them to kindergarten the year they are turning 5?
I know there's a million of these posts floating around. However, I have yet to find one that really boils down to the most wanted ideas. I also don't typically post every week, but the count down to Christmas is winding down! Monetary Gifts Every year teachers across the United States have to figure out … Continue reading The Ultimate Teacher Gift List
School is starting back up and it's no surprise that disagreements between parents and teachers are going to happen. As a parent myself, I can honestly say that educational topics create emotional reactions. And why not? As a parent you want the best for your kiddo. And shipping them off for most of the day … Continue reading 5 Common Parent-Teacher Disagreements and How To Fix Them
Many families have heard or used the advice that if your students is struggling to read, the "best thing you [parents] can do is read more." While students certainly have to read to become better readers, students need specific skills to successfully read a book. Without those skills, trying to read a book is going … Continue reading The Myth That Parents “Just Reading More” With Struggling Readers And How To Better Practice Reading
While homeschooling is still considered a parent's right at the federal level, states still have very different requirements for their homeschooled students. This is due to states having the federal mandate to ensure the children that reside there are educated. These two federal laws often clash. How can a state ensure it's students are educated … Continue reading List of states that require homeschoolers to take state assessments