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
Who else seriously needs a break…from summer break?!
We’ve had a “goodncrazy” summer, filled with road trips, air trips, summer camps, camping-camps, and very little home time.
Parents always worry a... Read more
A friend of mine asked me, “I’ve got three more weeks of summer left before the kids go back to school. Is there anything I can do that will help Emily do better this year?” My response was, “Teach her... Read more
Parents often start the school year with every intention of providing their families with breakfast in the morning. But all too often, they soon find themselves struggling with their kids about what they will and will not ea... Read more
The overall educational culture of your child’s school is an important role in school success. From the principal down through each grade level, there should be a clear school-wide plan for student success and aca... Read more
Everyone should learn how to make an easy, simple “white sauce.” Also called “gravy”—and similar to a roux or remoulade in fancy French circles—the uses for this sauce include everything fr... Read more
Let’s face it: Kids don’t come to school for the reason we would like them to! They come to school primarily to socialize and have fun. This is especially true when they’ve been off for the summer and haven... Read more
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are a wonderful opportunity for young students to see, up close and personal, the results of hard work and determination. It’s also a great way to make a connection between games and school... Read more
The cell phone representative looked over my account and asked if I had a teenager. “Of course I do,” I said, adding, “Why?”
Apparently my 14 year old sent out and received more than 9,000 texts last m... Read more