Did you know that third graders in the state of Iowa will now be forced to repeat the third grade if they cannot read? This summer our neighborhood is bustling with elementary aged boys, including two of my own. One of whom is entering the third grade. They boys’ sun-kissed shoulders and bare feet bustle around … More Third Graders in Iowa cannot read
A letter to my son’s Kindergarten teacher. … More Dear Kindergarten Teacher,
We all mean well. We really do. Like when you’re 8 months pregnant and someone says to you, “Wow, you look big!” Surely, they are not telling you, “Oh my, look how fat you are!” Of course not. They just had a mere case of Volcano Mouth- erupting before thinking. Again, we all mean well, … More Wash Your Mouth Out… 10 Things NOT to Say to Teachers!
It’s that time of year again- report cards, statewide assessments, and of course Cabin Fever! Yep, kids are anxiously awaiting Spring Break, while teachers are vigorously preparing for another round of Parent-Teacher Conferences! As a parent, this is your opportunity to get a sneak peak into the academic and behavioral growth and development of your … More 10 Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference
*Again reflecting on the article written by Paul Tough from Ideas.Time.com, Why Letting Your Kids Struggle Helps Them Succeed. This time from the vantage point of an educator. http://ideas.time.com/2012/09/05/why-grit-is-more-important-than-grades/ I think back on my time in the classroom; “Did I allow a helicopter parent to swoop in and rescue her child?” Here’s her lunchbox. Here’s … More Community Bucket