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November 01, 2014

Parent-teacher conferences, distracting students and computer spelling tests

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My daughter's school has decided that it will no longer offer designated days for parent-teacher conferences but instead, just have parents and teachers work out when to have a meeting....more»
October 01, 2014
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Correcting a teacher, reasonable bedtimes, feeling unliked by a teacher

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My daughter came home in tears because of a graded paper that had been returned to her with something marked wrong that actually appears correct....more»
September 01, 2014

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Missing old teachers, classroom punishments, paying for grades

My second grade daughter is having such a tough time adjusting to her new teacher. She absolutely adored her first grade teacher and just cannot relate to her new teacher as well....more»
July 01, 2014
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Books vs. movies, summer academics and middle school anxiety

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We have more time for movie watching in the summer and I find myself wondering if I should make my kids read the book before we see the movie version....more»
June 01, 2014
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Safety drills, social media woes and summer journaling

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I don't understand why my second grader does so many drills for fire, tornado and lockdown. Is all of this practice worth scaring the kids? Schools are mandated by their states to carry out a certain number of practice drills annually with the express goal of protecting children in an emergency, just as flight attendants must teach evacuation procedures every flight....more»
May 01, 2014
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High ability testing, extended school days, friendship triangles

We received a letter from my son's school telling us that he qualified to be considered for the high ability program at his school, but that he would be required to take an additional test....more»
April 01, 2014
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Timed math facts, test success, reading stamina, standardized testing

Why do teachers insist on kids doing timed tests on math facts? The pressure is more than my daughter can handle....more»
March 01, 2014

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Cheating, second semester apathy, school stress

My son recently cheated on a test. I had no idea he was under so much stress that he felt like he had to cheat to do well....more»
February 01, 2014

Increasing responsibility, speech anxiety, "teaching to the test"

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Question: My ten year old son is so forgetful! He regularly forgets homework assignments, library books, gym shoes, etc....more»
January 01, 2014

Mid-year transfers, teaching by computer, "flipping" a classroom

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Question: We are changing schools mid-year due to a job transfer. We were careful to select an area where we felt comfortable with the schools, but now that the move is about to happen, I am wondering how we can ever get up to speed with what has happened since the beginning of the year....more»
Childrens museum
ITM
Elf the musical
peewinkle's puppet studio
Heritage