As kids transfer from summer vacation to the classroom, one father and school administrator reminds parents to be mindful when considering the many roles a teacher will fill during the school year.
Do you remember that one teacher that had the biggest impact on your life, in and out of the classroom?
Do our hunter-gatherer forebears have something to tell us about the recipe for parenting? What is old is new again. 'Paleo diets' are all the rage. How about applying some 'paleo parenting' principles to raising kids?
Every child knows the joys of imaginary play, but it takes a skilled teacher to develop that imaginary play into intentional emergent curriculum.
Some things never change. A progress report form is still an expression of a school community’s values and relationships, as well as individual achievement.
School is in full swing with homework assignments flying and fall sports teams hitting the field, but it still feels like a new school year. How do you preserve that 'new car smell'?
Back-to-school time resurrects the perennial earn or learn debate about pay for good grades. This school principal and father ponders the outrageous fortunes of a childhood with parents who cruelly believed that kids should work merely for the reward of insight and joy and self-improvement ... and not for cash.
Track and field day becomes an opportunity for learning to try your best with no trophies allowed under one gym teacher's rules.
With the last day of school in sight, kids (and parents) start acting odd. Crankiness, restlessness, and nostalgia are all symptoms of the 'Whoosh Zone'. Prepare yourselves.
With the proliferation of statewide standardized testing, take it from a principal: Statistics can play a role in education like they do in baseball. But like baseball, there needs to be room to account for the grit, the heart, and the unpredictable surges of students.
Would Socrates believe that the same level of critical inspection, communication of ideas, and tolerance of ambiguity that he considered a cornerstone of societal dialogue can be upheld by advances in technology focused more on connection than communication?
The 100th day of school is a tipping point where accretion of grade-level knowledge begins to show; it's a benchmark in leaps of consciousness that teachers celebrate.
As immigration reform and the pathway to citizenship are moving forward, an educator tells his idea for teaching kids about what's really American.
Martin Luther King Day reminds a school principal of the right kind of dissatisfaction: To recognize what's wrong and to feel that something better is possible – and you can help fix it.
A school principal knows how the holiday liturgy of light can create a global family among diversely religious and irreligious communities.
Christmas tree decorating, watching 'The Grinch,' and playing in the snow are staples of their winter holidays, say seventh- and eighth-graders in Maine.
Election 2012 future shock: Issues and information are evolving at exponential rates. That makes the job of citizenship and voting pretty important – because, as this principal, whose 2008 middle-schoolers are voters now, sees it, we're all candidates for change.
Best laid lesson plans of a kindergarten teacher: A principal's daughter asks him what to teach on the eve of her first class. His advice starts with the simple: Hold hands. Stick together. Look both ways. Flush when you’re done. A-B-C-D-E-F-G.... And ends with the reverence for of all the first days of school.
Grading teachers is less about what is taught than how it's taught. Parents should grade teachers on their tone and how they make kids feel cared for and appreciated in the conspiracy of learning.