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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
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
Connie McCarthy
Where Have Children's Good Manners Gone?

Nov 14, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, School Success, Parent Involvement, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Often I find myself asking, “What’s happened to basic good manners these days?”  Last week I was having a conversation with another teacher in our school corridor. As we were chatting, two students plow... 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
Connie McCarthy
Can Early Education Benefit from "Occupy Wall Street?"

Oct 24, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

Is there a connection between the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and our schools? As an early educator I read with interest an October 19 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that a friend and fellow educator sent me.... 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
Connie McCarthy
What the Red Sox Could Learn From My First Graders

Oct 11, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Kids Learning, Elementary School, Connie McCarthy

As a life-long Red Sox fan, I was astounded by my beloved team’s collapse. Just about everyone has heard how the team fell apart in September, and squandered a nine game lead in the American League wild card race. How c... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Establishing Communication With Your Child's Teacher

Sep 12, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Teachers, Parent-Teacher Conference, Parent Involvement, Connie McCarthy

Will my daughter know how to buy her lunch? What if my son’s not reading yet? Will my shy child develop friends in the class? Understandably, parents have questions and concerns when their young child starts school. ... Read more