“Hey kids: I’ll give you $50 for that A!”
Have you ever paid your kids for getting good grades?
It’s a controversial practice to some who argue that it’s akin to bribing kids for studying hard an... Read more
One day this week was set aside as orientation for new students at the school where I teach. Our middle school dean of students mentioned to me that he was very nervous. When I asked him if it was because he was... Read more
Every new school year is full of challenges for students, parents, teachers, and administrators.
I’m excited to report that this will be a very different school year for me. For the first time in 25 years, I’m not... Read more
Back-to-school time is a great opportunity for parents to introduce (or bring back) routines into children’s lives, from homework and bedtime routines to practicing healthy habits.
And one of the best ways to help kids ... Read more
As I was reading comments people posted to some of my earlier blogs, I realized how different we are from each other. This is a good thing! We need diversity in order to thrive as a society. There were several comments on my ... Read more
Children love the spontaneous fun and pure joy of summertime. While the end of summer is bittersweet, now is the time to help your child capture wonderful summer memories, while practicing writing skills for a new schoo... Read more
Are you kidding me? School starts in less than two weeks! There’s no time for back-to-school clothes shopping! We just got back from a huge family vacation, before-school activities have already begun (marching band any... Read more
Most families are deep into back-to-school preparations (some are already back!). For those getting ready, there’s back-to the mall for school shopping, then back-to the office supply section for glue and crayons, and o... Read more
A couple of weeks ago, I spent several days teaching at a new teachers’ institute. We worked together on all sorts of things new teachers need to know before beginning their careers. One of the workshops was about commu... Read more
In my 1st grade class, we spend the first few weeks of the new school year establishing classroom routines. These routines are both academic and organizational.
Routines are important because they give children a clear sense... Read more