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9 Common Parent-Teacher Conference Phrases, Decoded

Jeff Bogle | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I have, just today, finally and once and for all, decoded the common phrases spoken by teachers at all elementary school parent-teacher conferences from coast to coast.

Bemused by a Math Muse

Len Filppu | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Len Filppu

I do not hate math. I respect math. I did well in math. But because I've not used many math skills beyond the basics in my adult life, I've often questioned our education system's obsession with math and its dominance in our classrooms.

Teach It by Living It

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 03.14.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

We know that our students learn by doing. With that knowledge, we give them tangible experiences to learn actively and become engaged. Our students look up to us, literally and figuratively.

This Brilliant Math Teacher Has A Formula To Save Kids' Lives

Glennon Melton | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Glennon Melton

What Chase's teacher is doing when she sits in her empty classroom studying those lists written with shaky 11-year-old hands -- is SAVING LIVES. I am convinced of it. She is saving lives.

School Ready or Not?

Lesli Rotenberg | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact
Lesli Rotenberg

There's a perception that apps and computer games dominate the educational media world, but in fact, that's not the case.

A Letter to My Second Graders

Becca Wertheim | Posted 04.15.2014 | Good News
Becca Wertheim

I have some very important things to tell you. I mean, super important. You ready? Turn on your best listening ears. Open up those learning eyes nice and wide. Get that brain warmed up. Because what I'm about to tell you is something that I hope you'll always remember.

Finding the "Universal" in Pre K

Gabriella Rowe | Posted 04.07.2014 | Education
Gabriella Rowe

A strong Pre K program enables young learners to WANT to be engaged in the learning process for years to come - no matter where they come from and what odds are against them.

More Than a Lemonade Stand

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Mention entrepreneurship at the elementary school level and you are likely to hear someone say, "You can learn everything you need to know from running a lemonade stand." While one can learn a lot from lemonade stands, entrepreneurship itself is often much more complex.

Melting Icicles

Amanda Magee | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I'm trying so hard to support their evolution, but some days it feels like holding icicles in my hand. I am so tender, careful not to squeeze too hard or bend them in ways they aren't meant to go, but it's out of control.

If I'm Bored, You Must Be Bored

American Teacher | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
American Teacher

In college they teach you how to write a curriculum but they don't teach you how to manage a class of 32 kids. One of my goals that I work on every day is becoming a good listener.

35 Books All Educators of African American and Latino Students Must Read

Quassan Castro | Posted 03.09.2014 | Black Voices
Quassan Castro

Reading a body of work that offers effective insights to educators has proven to greatly assist educators with strengthening their teaching practices....

Dept. Of Agriculture Permanently Eases Up On School Meals

Reuters | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Thursday they were permanently relaxing school meal rules that were designed to combat childho...

Reflecting Back On a Year With Gratitude

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

What we each must come to realize is that it's not what happens to us in life that defines us, but in how we choose to respond to it that defines us.

Being Successful Means Never Saying You're Satisfied

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 02.17.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Just to give a sense of scale, only 56 percent of Maryland's fifth-graders -- and only 37 percent of low-income students -- read at an advanced level in 2013. At Chadwick, more than 95 percent of the low-income students read at an advanced level.

The Importance of Learning a Social Curriculum

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

It is crucial for our students to learn a social curriculum; however, how to teach one is something we as teachers need to figure out. Social curricul...

Building Individual and Collective Expertise to Help Kids

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Even before arriving at Finlay Elementary in Miami-Dade earlier this fall, I knew I was going to be impressed with the school.

Parents and Teachers Declare War on Common Core

Dr. Anne Hendershott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Dr. Anne Hendershott

Those promoting the Common Core standards maintain that local districts can still design their own curriculum to meet these federal standards. But parents and teachers know that standards drive the curriculum.

Teaching Puberty Earlier

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Donisha Dansby Today in America, puberty is beginning earlier than a generation ago. Researchers are debating the possible links to environmental ...

You Know You're The Parent of an Elementary School Kid When...

Samantha McGarry | Posted 12.31.2013 | Parents
Samantha McGarry

I now have two kids in elementary school and, like so many parents of similar-aged kids, find myself pondering about how much my life has altered as I cruise around the grocery store at 9 p.m. on a Saturday evening.

What's in Your Mindful Toolbox? Your Feet!

Bonnie Levine, MA | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Levine, MA

By early October the children have been taught four different secular mindfulness techniques. They have been encouraged to choose one technique that supports them in focusing their mind and calming their bodies. This mindful snapshot is about one of the first practices I teach each class.

Unlocking Teacher Expertise

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Karin Chenoweth

Kindergarten teachers don't become kindergarten teachers because they want to pour over data. So when I give a talk to educators, I usually include what I call my "scariest slide ever," which is a picture of kindergarten teachers studying a spread sheet.

The Parent Backpack

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Judy Bolton-Fasman

I've always had ambivalent feelings about homework, which is ironic given how much of it my own children have done over the years. M.L. Nichols does not debate the value of homework for young children. Instead she offers helpful suggestions for painlessly getting it done.

Just Say No to the PTA -- An Open Letter to Myself

Anna Sandler | Posted 11.05.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

The kids go back to school next week, and let's face it, that means you do, too. But it doesn't have to mean that. It could mean freedom and relaxation this year instead of endless PTA projects and class mom responsibilities that never seem to end. Self, let's do things differently this year.

Everything I Know I Learned on the First Day of School

Danny Rubin | Posted 11.04.2013 | College
Danny Rubin

When life becomes unfamiliar, that's when we grow the most. As I recall, few days in my life were more foreign than the first day of school. Specifically, first grade.

The School of Hard Firsts

Rob Hiaasen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Fifty
Rob Hiaasen

First day of kindergarten, 1964: My teacher is Mrs. Condon. She has very big hair and is clearly inferior to my mother. There are zero Tinker Toys in my classroom, which is clearly inferior to my bedroom. Mrs. Condon makes a fuss about the colored chalk. I've seen better