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Carol Brooks Ball
"Bully"—Documentary's Rating Creates Dilemma for Filmmakers, Parents, and Students

Mar 09, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Gay Students, Bullying

UPDATE: 03/12/12 Have you heard about “Bully”? If you haven’t, you will. And then you can decide if you'll take your kids to see it. "Bully" is a documentary film produced by the Weinstein Co., which tells t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
School District Signs Agreement to Prevent Bullying of Gay Teens

Mar 08, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Gay Students, Elementary School, Bullying

 A public school district in Minnesota made news this week when officials there ended a federal investigation, and a civil lawsuit filed by six teenage students, by agreeing to a series of changes that will make schools ... Read more
Livia McCoy
What Is a Language Learning Disability (LLD)?

Mar 06, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Language is more than the words we speak to one another. There are many parts of the language process and if all are working as expected, we give little thought to it. But if a person is struggling with language, they may hav... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Introduce Your Young Reader to the “H Brothers”

Mar 05, 2012 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Kindergarten, Kids Writing, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Once young readers learn to blend letter sounds, they can easily sound out a new or unfamiliar word—that is until they encounter one of the “H Brothers!”   The “H Brothers” are consonant dig... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Great Kids' Books for Read Across America Day

Mar 01, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Kids Learning, Homework, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

 Read Across America Day, an annual program of the National Education Association (NEA), is Friday, March 2. Read Across America is a celebration of reading and a celebration of the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
School Shootings: Help Your Child Process Tragedy in the News

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Grief, Elementary School, Bullying

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the residents of Chardon, Ohio after the tragic shootings at Chardon High School on Monday, Feb. 27. As of this writing, three of the five teenage victims have succumbed to their injuries. TJ... Read more
Livia McCoy
There is No Place for Sarcasm in the Classroom

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, High School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, Bullying

“Jackie, is it all right with you if I start class?”    This seems like a harmless question, doesn’t it? When teachers say it (and I am guilty at times), they are being sarcastic, because they kn... Read more
Livia McCoy
Should Parents Pay Their Children for Good Grades?

Feb 22, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Elementary School, ADHD

I have known many parents who pay their children for honor roll grades. In some cases, this is okay. But, if you are a learning disabled (LD) student, the quality of your work does not reflect how hard you worked on it. Somet... Read more
Livia McCoy
Basic Student Skills: 5 Ways to Learn to Be a Proactive Student

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, School Curriculum, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School

 Often when we get a new student at our school who is learning disabled (LD), we say something like, “She hasn’t learned how to be a student yet.” What we mean by this is that she has not yet realized t... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should School Start Later for Teens?

Feb 14, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Teachers, Sleep, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Helicopter Parents, Health and Fitness, Fun Learning Activities, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College, After-School

Ever try to wake a sleeping teenager? It’s a time-consuming undertaking that’s frustrating for everyone involved, especially on early morning weekdays before the sun is even up.   That’s the reality for... Read more