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Homework Personality

Oct 10, 2008 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Homework

This is a guest by post by Angela Norton Tyler, of Family Homework Answers. Angela is a teacher and parent from the Sacramento, California area. She has been a classroom teacher, an elementary school reading specialist, and h... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Texting in Class? No Problem.

Oct 06, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Technology

At least that's the trend in this Australian district where -- due to new technology -- kids are being encouraged to text away right under the teacher's nose.This application sounds pretty powerful, but -- man -- can i think ... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Are You the Competitive Parent?

Oct 02, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Helicopter Parents

Liked this perspective from Ann Handley over at the This Mommy Gig website. Ann's rant starts while shopping for toys and noticing how every toy now needs to be somehow connected to a developmental goal. Her point -- what abo... Read more
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Improve Your Child's Grades

Sep 29, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Back to School

Sometimes the simple, direct stories are best. Think that's the case with this very straightforward look at how parents should proceed when their kids' grades disappoint. No magic potions or cures. But good solid, step-by-ste... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Kids' Schedules: Moderation Advised

Sep 29, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement, Back to School

Am glad to see some sanity injected (from a college admissions officer, no less) into the discussion of how much we need to schedule our kids. The popular myth seems to be that if Johnny isn't in every club and activity (or t... Read more
Helping Parents Support Their Children in Today's Schools

Sep 29, 2008 - Posted by SchoolFamily in School Curriculum, Parent Involvement

This is a guest post by Cindy Golden from Cindy is a Special Education Supervisor with the Cherokee County, Georgia School District. She has been in special education for the last 26 years. Ci... Read more
Tim Sullivan
In Praise of BoxTops and Friends

Sep 25, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Fundraising

(Cross post from my PTO Today Blog.)I hope we don't start taking programs like BoxTops for Education (General Mills) and Labels for Education (Campbell's) and Take Charge of Education (Target) for granted. This article in the... Read more
6 Ways to Help Your Kid Be a Teacher's Favorite

Sep 19, 2008 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Kids Learning

This is a guest post by Vanessa Van Petten from Vanessa wrote a parenting book when she was 17, called "You're Grounded!" and is now on a national speaking tour, reaching out to both parents and teenagers ab... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Time Management for Kids

Sep 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in School Breakfast, Back to School

Kind of ironic that I'm writing about this, considering the fact that I desperately need "Time Management for Tim", but this morning routine/time management for kids blog from the San Francisco Chronicle really sucked me in.W... Read more
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Optimism Matters for Kids and Parents

Sep 18, 2008 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kids Learning

I've been a huge fan of this program from the first time I saw it (while munching on some Goldfish -- probably the kids' snack that I steal the most) and have been meaning to highlight it here for some time now.As a parent, c... Read more