The financial savings to districts that jump on the four-days-per-week bandwagon can be tremendous, regardless of the size of the district. Compacting school into just four days a week leaves more time for kids to spend with family, friends and outside interests. Most states allow districts to opt […]
From gender-neutral *everything* and normalizing anxiety to environmentally conscious kids and woke parents, here’s what to expect more of in 2020. Parenting next year may look a bit different than 2019, thanks to these societal trends that are set to impact parents. Some are new, while some are […]
Parent teacher meeting is for interaction between parents and teachers to help the child. But some parents really give a hard time to the teacher. It’s a day when a most naughty and mischievous child transforms into the innocent one in front of parents. It’s also a day […]
Sometimes it’s hard for parents (and even teachers!) to determine if certain struggles or behaviors are just a normal part of the learning process, or an indicator of a deeper issue. Certain problems can serve as red flags that a cognitive skill weakness may be causing serious learning […]
I’ve eaten at hundreds of restaurants in my life, but I’ve never worked at one. My wife was a waitress in college, so when we go out to eat and I complain about something, she’s usually able to offer me an explanation. The table next to ours received […]
I used to teach high school Social Studies. In the beginning, I wasn’t very good. I was a nervous, conciliatory and assumed all my students would be mostly like me (rule-following nerds). Luckily, the learning curve in teaching, like parenting, is steep. You can’t really know what teaching […]
When teachers have parent/teacher meetings, do teachers get clues from parents that help to explain the child’s behavior?
Yes! A lot of the conversations between teachers immediately after parent/teacher conferences involve variations of “so that’s where they get it from.” You may have heard the saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” It’s very, very true when it comes to children’s and parents’ attitudes. […]