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Carissa Rogers
"Yes, Virginia—Grades Do Matter" Or, My Attempt to Make My Kids See It This Way

Nov 30, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Middle School, Homework, High School, College, Carissa Rogers

It’s that time of year: time to stress about sending holiday cards, time to battle the shopping frenzy, time to sneak one last glass of eggnog (I’m not judging); oh, and time for REPORT CARDS!  For years now ... Read more
Livia McCoy
4 Ways to Help Reluctant Kids With Research Papers

Nov 28, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Writing, Kids Learning, Homework, High School

Students in my Science, Technology, and Society class are just beginning to work on their research papers. Mark (name is changed, of course) was particularly stressed about choosing his topic. He said things like, “I am... Read more
Livia McCoy
What If My Child Refuses To Do Homework?

Nov 22, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Curriculum, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

More than once parents have asked me what to do when their child refuses to do her homework, with a refrain that goes something like this: “This math is stupid. When will I ever use it? I’m not going to do it.&rdq... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
9th Grade Sex Ed Survey: What Would You Do?

Nov 17, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

What would you do as a parent in this situation? A teacher at Rio Rancho High School in New Mexico who passed out a voluntary, anonymous sex survey to students in a 9th grade biology class, has been placed on leave until the ... Read more
Carissa Rogers
A Gratitude Shout-Out From Our “SchoolFamily” To Yours

Nov 16, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teacher Appreciation, School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Organization, Middle School, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

  Our family’s world revolves around the activities of our three school-age kids.  And as much as it often looks like we don’t know whether we’re coming or going… all those activities we&rsq... Read more
Livia McCoy
Test and Improve Your Child's Working Memory

Nov 15, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

Having a good working memory is important for school success. When we are engaged in problem solving or learning something new, we have to manipulate ideas in our brains. We might be trying out new things and figuring out ho... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Drama vs. Sports: Is There A Difference?

Nov 09, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in High School, Carissa Rogers, After-School

Welcome to our first year of high school. My daughter is a freshman and has all honors classes, with promises of double homework. She also has piano, marching band (marching during home football games), and all the friends an... Read more
Livia McCoy
Can “Working Memory” Problems Cause Difficulty in School?

Nov 08, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School, ADHD

Memory is a complicated process. Most of us are familiar with short-term memory, the place where new information goes before it gets stored in long-term memory for later use. Most psychologists now agree that there is yet an... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Article Shows How My Daughter Will Study From Now On

Nov 03, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, College

The other day, an email arrived from my friend Cindy, with a link to an article in the Wall Street Journal. No, it wasn't about finding the best hedge fund manager or advice on what to do when the stock market takes another n... Read more
Livia McCoy
"Retrieval Practice" is A Proven Way to Study

Nov 01, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many students do not know the best methods to use when studying for a test.  According to Jeffrey D. Karpicke, a researcher at Purdue University, a lot of students don't  understand that they can't be looking at wha... Read more