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March 19, 2012

I Know What They Think of Me

Today's guest blog is written by Steve Constantino (Ed.D), Superintendent of Williamsburg-James City County School District in Williamsburg, Virginia. Traveling extensively as a speaker, capacity-builder and thought leader in the arena of family engagement has afforded me the distinct privilege o...

February 25, 2012

The Homework Debate

Sometimes parents want to help their children with homework but may not know the "right" way or newest way of doing it, which could be counterproductive to getting it done correctly. Why do teachers believe that homework is so important? Is it really important at all? Do teachers believe that what...

February 04, 2012

Helping kids learn to succeed

Responding to Peter DeWitt's "The Benefits of Failure." Today's guest blog is written by Debbie Silver (parent of 5 boys and teacher of 30 years) The Japanese have a proverb that says, "Fall down 7 times, get up 8." I think that is a wonderful metaphor for what most of us want for our children. ...

January 27, 2012

Engaging Parents in School

"We cannot have an impact on educational issues if teachers are the only ones who feel that the good ole days were in fact good at all." Over the past couple of decades students sat in classrooms feeling unengaged or disrespected. They may have had combative relationships with their teachers, str...

January 15, 2012

Is It More Important to Be Popular Than Smart?

"At fourteen you don't need sickness or death for tragedy." Jessamyn West Peer relationships can be complicated. Students who get along today may not get along tomorrow. Research shows that there is a great deal of storm in stress in adolescence and the smallest of issues can become the biggest o...

January 13, 2012

Tune-Ups and Teachable Moments

Children are not supposed to be perfect all the time. Adults certainly aren't! When I was in seventh grade I had to go to the principal's office. My early teenage brain had gotten the best of me and I was rude to a teacher, which is something that did not please my mom and I heard about it when I...

December 20, 2011

Meeting the Needs of All Learners: Implementing Action Research

Don't keep moving forward toward the iceberg when you know it's going to sink your ship. This past semester I taught a graduate course in action research. Action research is completed by a classroom or general education teacher. Teachers take an issue they are having in their classroom and resear...

December 17, 2011

Is the U.S. Becoming the Anti-Model of Education?

Not only is this system being built on the shoulders of tests harmful to students it is resulting in a form of educational malpractice. The other day I was on Twitter reading messages and blogs from educators from around the world and found a blog by Joe Bower who is an educator in Alberta, Canada...

December 12, 2011

Separation, Divorce & The Child in the Middle

Children who are caught in the middle may be resilient and make it through the situation positively, but all too often children feel it is their fault that their parents cannot even meet in the same room. Separation and divorces happen frequently. Contrary to popular opinion, households that expe...

December 06, 2011

Why Bullying May Never End

"It's like hearing the same song too many times on the radio. After a while people turn the station." The word "bullying" is used on a daily basis. We usually hear it for the first time when we're watching the news in the morning as we get ready for work or school. There are sad stories from around...

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