Firm Parenting Pays Dividends

As I was waiting in line one afternoon in a hotel lobby, I observed a toddler having a conniption, as we say in the South. Actually, it was a full-throttle temper-tantrum. The child made it clear that she wanted to ride the motorcycle in the arcade, despite the fact that her father was trying to get on the elevator. When a child throws a temper tantrum in public, it’s awkward for everyone, especially for the […]

Don’t Get Hooked on a Phishing Trip

Hackers are getting more and more tricky with ways to steal your personal information, as well as private records in your school’s databases. Some phishing emails even use names of people you know to bait the hook. By hacking into your personal computer or school system, offenders could steal your identity without your knowledge; or they highjack private records and hold them for ransom. This scenario has become far too common in schools nationwide. Do […]

The Best Practice is a Diversified Practice

Variety makes everything a little more fun and a little less boring, but it also enhances memory. When it’s time for your students to focus on practicing skills or reviewing material for mastery, mix the content rather than blocking the content. Blocking content involves concentrating on one type of skill, rather than practicing multiple skills together. But when practice lessons intermingle assorted skills, the students have to engage in thinking that goes deeper* than activities […]

A School Performance Check-Up

Now that we are in the routine of the new school year, it would be helpful to evaluate some important aspects of your child’s school performance. It’s not too late to make some improvements that will make a big difference for the rest of the year. Answering these questions will help you evaluate your child’s performance and develop a plan to succeed this school year. Do you know how to communicate with your child’s teacher? […]