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Carissa Rogers
Rewards, Movies, and Holiday Parties? Oh My!

Dec 07, 2011 - Posted by Carissa Rogers in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Carissa Rogers

Is any work getting done in school during the holiday months? I recently came across a Facebook group discussion about using classrooms using movies as a reward for everything from meeting accelerated reader (AR) reading goal... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Survey says sexting is less prevelant than originally believed

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Cell Phones

The Internet has been abuzz this week with news that the practice of sexting—kids texting naked photos or videos of themselves or others via cell phone—is nowhere near as rampant as we’d all been led to beli... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Positive Approach: Teach By Catching Kids Doing Something Right!

Dec 06, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning, High School, Elementary School

Parents and teachers have a tendency to tell children what they are doing wrong. That’s our job, isn’t it? But wouldn’t it be better to tell them how to do things right instead? “You need to keep worki... Read more
Connie McCarthy
6 Questions for a Successful Parent Teacher Conference

Dec 05, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

National standards have set the bar for academic achievement, which means that today it is clear what a student should have achieved by certain points in the school year. Parent teacher conferences are a terrific opportunity ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should A School Limit Parental Access to Teachers? No Way!

Dec 01, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Elementary School

File this under the category of: What the heck were they thinking? Last week, education officials at an elementary school in Seattle, WA, sent a letter home to parents of children at the school, advising them of a new limit i... Read more
Connie McCarthy
6 Top Books to Give This Holiday Season for Creating Memories With Young Children

Nov 28, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

With the holiday season now in full swing, don’t forget the gift of books—even though your child might be yearning for the latest electronic gadgets! Seeing beautiful illustrations, turning actual pages, and imagi... 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
Connie McCarthy
Here’s What Makes a First Grader Thankful

Nov 21, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

In preparation for Thanksgiving, my 1st grade class had a discussion about what we’re thankful for this holiday. I wanted to share my student’s thoughts because their 6- and 7-year-old perspectives are sweet and i... 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