Parents Need To Inspect More and Expect Less From Education

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

The Myth That Parents “Just Reading More” With Struggling Readers And How To Better Practice Reading

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

List of states that require homeschoolers to take state assessments

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

8 Pieces Of Data That Parents Miss On greatschools.org (Infographic)

This infographic is a follow up to a recent article published on Enable Teachers titled: This Is What Parents Need To Know About greatschools.org Ratings. After talking with several parents about the article, many said they did not know about the various data that greatschools.org used in their ratings. Additionally, parents did not understand how … Continue reading 8 Pieces Of Data That Parents Miss On greatschools.org (Infographic)

How To Create An Explicit Writing Curriculum or Unit

Explicit writing instruction is hard to come by. Historically, teachers have encouraged students to write and read more to become better writers. That definitely is true, but for a large portion of our young writers, they need more explicit or direct instruction. Telling students how to write is not considered explicit instruction. Explicit instruction is … Continue reading How To Create An Explicit Writing Curriculum or Unit

This Is What Parents Need To Know About greatschools.org Ratings

Great Schools has done a fantastic job providing a user friendly experience for parents to rate their local schools. It's even started integrating with websites like Zillow to help home buyers avoid bad schools. However, can a school's worth be boiled down to just one number? Parents want to know their child's school is going … Continue reading This Is What Parents Need To Know About greatschools.org Ratings