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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»
December 01, 2013
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Homework overload, vocabulary woes and vacation disruptions

Question: I cannot believe the amount of homework that my second grader has. It seems to go on forever. I am constantly having to prod her to get it done....more»
November 01, 2013

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"Best" efforts, morning routines, homework errors

Question: I don't understand why my third grade son doesn't take pride in his work. I want him to give his best....more»
October 01, 2013

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Refusing parental help, school involvement, hopeless handwriting, encouraging responsibility

Question: My third grader insists on doing his homework without any help or input from me or my husband. Without our help, he makes errors....more»
September 01, 2013
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Fall conferences, "enjoying" bad behavior, autism prep, maintaining initial motivation

Question: I always go into fall conferences with a few questions for the teacher, but as I try to focus and process the teacher's introductory comments, I forget everything I intended to discuss....more»
August 01, 2013

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Middle school anxiety, "mean" teachers, back to school routines and homework strategies

Question: I am not sure who is more afraid of my daughter starting middle school, her or me. I am trying not to let her see my fears, but I don't know what to do to help her feel more comfortable....more»
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