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Carol Brooks Ball
When School Lunch Is A Cold Cheese Sandwich

Dec 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, School Lunch, PTOs and PTAs, Nutrition, Middle School, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School

It’s happened to all of us. Your child tells you the night before that he’s out of lunch money in his account at school and needs it for the next day—or else. That “or else” used to mean a stern ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Bah humbug on teacher gifts, say Alabama lawmakers

Dec 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Teacher Appreciation, SchoolFamily.com, PTOs and PTAs, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Elementary School

Have you and your children decided on what teacher gifts you’ll be giving for the holidays? If you’ve chosen a $25 gift card and you live in Alabama, you’ll want to reconsider—lest your gift sends a te... 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
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