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Tim Sullivan
Join the PTO? Love it or hate it?

Dec 04, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in PTOs and PTAs, Parent Involvement

All of us school parents have faced this dilemma, I imagine. Should I get involved with, how much should I get involved with or should I run away from the PTO or PTA at the kids' school?Of course, here at, we... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Parent Involvement and Video Games and School

Dec 02, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Short story from the Washington Post on video games and kids, but the fundamental truth lies in two simple sentences:It called for parents to know what and how much their kids are playing. Too much gaming or too much video-ga... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Good Parent Involvement _ Bad Parent Involvement

Dec 01, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

GrantedI don't know all the details, but let's just say that I suspect this Atlanta mom might be a tad bit too involved in Junior's school work.Proudly jumping into the dumpster to retrievea science project? Hand-delivering s... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Thanksgiving Wishes, Jokes and a couple of activities for the kids...

Nov 25, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in, Fun Learning Activities

Why'd the Pilgrim's pants fall down? Because his belt buckle was on his hat! Nice, right?That killed 'em at my house, though admittedly my audience of grade schoolers and below laugh at anything involving pants falling down.R... Read more
Tim Sullivan
The Parent _ Homework Divide

Nov 24, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Homework

Very interesting message and follow-up discussion over on the Washington Post site. The topic: what's the right amount of homework? And what's the parent's role in that homework? Lots of strong feelings in this debate.As a da... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Breakfast before School Works -- More Proof

Nov 21, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Breakfast, Parent Involvement

Sometimes parent involvement doesn't have to be that complicated. Example: finding a way to make sure your child has breakfast before school is a fundamental step that all parents can take.We've been saying it for years with ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
President-elect Obama attends parent-teacher conferences, too

Nov 20, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

This a week or two old, but the Obamas made time recently to attend the parent-teacher conferences for their daughters. Love the fact that they went, obviously. Why wouldn't they, right? Not like they're busy or anything.Laug... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Can parents be at school too much?

Nov 17, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in, Parent Involvement, Helicopter Parents

That's the intriguing question posed by Lisa Belkin over at the NYTimes moterlode page.From where I sit, the answer is clearly "yes", but I think it's probably the wrong question. Better to ask if parents can be too involved ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Our Schools Work

Nov 03, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Standardized Testing

I'm sure you've heard that our schools are failing us, that international students kick our kids' fannies on tests,and that we'll all be working for the Chinese and Indians in just a few years, right? Those assertions have al... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Saying N-O is O-K

Oct 31, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Little blurb here about the value of actually saying "no" once in a while to our kids. It's apparently part of a wider program in Minnesota called: "Say Yes to No." Interesting.I felt like the spirit of the linked anecdote ca... Read more