Join our bloggers as they share their experiences on the challenges and joys of helping children succeed in school.
If the teacher who recently presented an 8-year-old student with a special “Catastrophe Award,” which was delivered to the child in front of the child's entire 3rd grade class, thinks this was funny, I think the t... Read more
Let me set the scene: TIME: Last spring, at the end of the school year. LOCATION: The library at my kid’s school, Roosevelt Elementary. SETTING: The last PTO meeting of the year.
I was tempted to pretend to be sick. I&r... Read more
In another blog post, I wrote about what percentiles mean on standardized tests.
Another score you are likely to see is the grade equivalent (GE) score. They will look something like this: “5.3” or “7.9.&rdq... Read more
Do your kids dislike most vegetables and some fruits? If so, have you ever considered helping your children grow their own produce by seeding, watering, weeding, and then harvesting their own garden?
First Lady Michelle... Read more
If you're the parent of a child completing 1st or 2nd grade, how do you know if your child has mastered the skills necessary for moving up to the next grade? The following academic checklist can help. While it isn't a compre... Read more
Editor’s note: Principal Joe Mazza runs a weekly Twitter gathering each Wednesday evening called Parent-Teacher Chat (#PTchat). For more information on the chats, see information at end of this guest blog post.
The #PT... Read more
I just “accidentally” spent $100 on clothes.
I figured only half of the stuff would fit and/or look decent so it was really like I spent $50 and I’d just take the ugly back, right?
“Accidenta... Read more
Pam Broviak of Illinois made headlines recently when she blogged about how officials at her daughter’s school forced the middle-schooler to show them comments on her Facebook page last fall, allegedly because another st... Read more
Often when schools do standardized testing, they report the scores in percentiles.
Percentiles are not the same thing as percentages (percents), even though they sound like they should be. Percentages are what most teachers u... Read more
For most students, the school year is coming to an end in the next few weeks. But as a parent, how do you know if your child is prepared for the next phase? Here is a simple checklist for your preschool or kindergarten child... Read more