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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
SchoolFamily
Why Your Teen Needs to Care About Math

Oct 27, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Teachers, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, College

This week, SchoolFamily.com presents a guest blog authored by Clare McIlwraith and Chris Whittington, a.k.a The Study Gurus. This dynamic duo specializes in teaching student how to study effectively. They share their years of... Read more
Carissa Rogers
School's Halloween Carnival Equals Applause For teachers!

Oct 25, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, School Volunteers, PTOs and PTAs, Middle School, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

My fake Farah Fawcett wig is off to teachers who make a difference … kudos to teacher involvement in schools everywhere! Three years ago, we experienced our first elementary “Halloween Carnival” at our curr... Read more
Livia McCoy
Consequences of a Zero: How One Missing Grade Makes a Huge Difference

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Supplies, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Math, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Back to School

Many students do not understand how important it is to complete (and turn in) every single assignment. They think that missing a paper or two does not make much difference in their overall grade. I have tutored students befor... Read more
Carissa Rogers
Going Solo on Halloween: A Salute To Single Parents Everywhere

Oct 20, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Middle School, High School, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

My husband is an attorney. And surprising to many, that statement is not mutually exclusive of the fact that he is the funniest, silliest person I know, and the most likely   to dress up in witch-drag as “Elph... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation

Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
"Chore Charts" Help Curb the Nagging

Oct 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Elementary School, After-School

Do your children do chores in your household? Do they do them willingly and without being asked and reminded repeatedly? Take heart; mine don't either. To that end, I wish I'd had "chore charts" to use with my son and daughte... Read more
Carissa Rogers
The Kids Are Back To School and Mom is Back To The Gym!

Oct 05, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Parenting, Middle School, Kindergarten, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers, Back to School

It’s 8 a.m., and the kids are all backpacked and out the door. I enjoy the quiet of that moment every single weekday. Don’t get me wrong—massive crazy happens between 6:30 and 8 a.m.! But … we are ... Read more
SchoolFamily
For all who've been bullied ...

Oct 04, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

SchoolFamily.com's Guest Blogger this week is Rebecca Mooney, M.Ed., the Executive Director of the Center for Education in Violence Prevention based in Melrose, MA. The Center offers comprehensive bullying prevention train... Read more