31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

  • Alternate Solutions: Part 14: 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher

    | September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series 31 Questions On April 11, 1970, NASA launched Apollo 13 which was intended to be the third manned-landing on the moon. Two days into the flight, an oxygen tank exploded which cancelled the lunar landing and almost cost the astronauts their lives: “Houston, we have […]

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  • Math Is

    | September 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

    Try this. Google “math is”. See what pops up automatically. For me, the words immediately below were “math is fun” and “math is cool”.  Was Google just reading my mind? The interesting thing is that once I had typed the word “hard” after “math is”, no matter how many times I opened a new Google […]

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  • Lessons Learned From Dreams

    | September 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

    On September 8, 2012, I posted a  blog about Diana Nyad  and her fourth attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. At that time, Diana said, “Maybe somebody else is gonna get lucky…Maybe it can’t be done.” My parting thought at that time was this:  “Just because dreams do not always come true doesn’t mean they […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 13: Assessments

    | August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 13 of 14 in the series 31 Questions Grades: The bane of a teacher’s existence. In a perfect world no one would need grades. All students would do their best at all times to learn as much as possible and perform to their best ability without the extrinsic reward of a […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 12: Partial Credit

    | July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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    This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series 31 Questions What happens when the construction of a bridge is off by a teeny weeny calculation? What happens when the space shuttle is off a fraction of a degree when headed for the moon? We all know these mistakes can spell disaster….and these disasters are among […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 11: Grades

    | July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series 31 Questions We’ve all seen them: Bumper stickers on the back of mini-vans which read “My child is an honor student at Great Middle School.” We’ve all heard them: Parents speaking a little too loudly at a restaurant, “My child will be attending  Elite Admissions […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 10: Judgments

    | July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
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    This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series 31 Questions We make hundreds of them every day. Some are simple. Smooth peanut butter is better than crunchy. Mayonnaise is disgusting. Some of them are complex. The guy begging for money on the street corner is a bum. The woman swiping an EBT card […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 9: Goals

    | June 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 9 of 14 in the series 31 Questions  “A goal without a plan is just a wish. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhowe   One of the greatest inventions of all time is the GPS. […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 8: Enrichment

    | June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 8 of 14 in the series 31 Questions   So your child always brings home A’s. It’s a cause for celebration….ice cream, a special dinner, or maybe some extra television time….maybe a new trinket of some sort…or just a huge “attaboy”!  Whatever is special to your child, you use it as […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 7: Expectations

    | June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 7 of 14 in the series 31 Questions   It is our policy that nothing can be returned without a receipt. We prefer that an original sales receipt accompany your return. It is our policy to accept only returns in their original packaging. We would prefer you return everything in the […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 6: Technology

    | June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series 31 Questions I can remember when an overhead projector was considered the greatest technological asset in my classroom. Every year there was a mad dash during pre-planning  to pick out a projector in the library because some were not in the best condition. When the bulb went […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 5: Keeping Up

    | June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series 31 Questions   If a student wants  to see a teacher cringe, all they have to do is walk into the classroom the day after they have been absent and ask, “Did I miss anything?” This was always one of my least favorite questions. Another […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 4: Communication

    | June 10, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series 31 Questions “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate!” If you have ever seen the Paul Newman movie Cool Hand Luke, you will never forget that line. Sometimes a lack of communication can have dire consequences. Communication between you and your child’s teacher is […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 3: Collaboration

    | May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series 31 Questions Registration day at school can bring a lot of anxiety for students and parents alike as they discover who their  teachers will be for the next school year. Even though we believe philosophically in the idea that all men “are created equal” as stated in Abraham […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 2: Responsibilities

    | May 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series 31 Questions I was sitting on a plane recently next to a lady talking on the phone to her child asking him if he had completed all his homework. Being duly impressed by her long-distance attempt to monitor her child’s school work, we subsequently engaged […]

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  • 31 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Teacher: Part 1: Introductions

    | May 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
    This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series 31 Questions

    This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series 31 Questions Summer vacation has arrived for some students and is quickly approaching for others. It is a time to prepare for the next school year  in order to ensure that students  begin on solid ground. Among those things is making a list of questions which you need to ask the […]

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Counting UP

| July 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Working out at the gym today, I was assigned a series of exercises with a certain number of repetitions to be completed at each station. I took a deep breath and attacked the first set of push ups…. 1, 2, 3, 4, … 20 …whew. I continued in pretty much the same manner through all […]

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How Will You Spend Your Summer Vacation?

| May 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

As the school year closes out, parents, teachers, and students are all breathing a collective sigh of relief.  “IT’S OVER” , they proclaim as they run joyously toward summer and a “well deserved” vacation. However, for most teachers it is a time of reflection and redirection. It is a time to assess the things that worked well, […]

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Appreciating Teaching

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Depending upon your source, this week or next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. This is the week to thank a teacher. We have all seen the Facebook posts and the Tweets which say things like, “If you can read this, thank a teacher.” or  “Teaching is the profession where all others begin.” I read a […]

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What Should a Grade in a Course Represent?

| April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

One of the most important tasks a teacher is assigned is that of “giving” a grade to a student. It is at this time of the year that students and parents start to panic that graduation is in peril or scholarship offers are going to be withdrawn should the student not attain a certain grade […]

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Coming Soon: The 2013 AP Calculus Exam

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are only 72 days until the Advanced Placement Calculus exams. What are you doing to prepare? Knowing the format of the exam is crucial to moving through it quickly and confidently. The exam is three hours and 15 minutes long and composed of two sections. Section I has two parts. Part A has 28 multiple […]

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Math Is Not A Spectator Sport

| September 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

A lot of my students are athletes. They cannot seem to understand when they do not achieve in the classroom as well as they do during an athletic contest. Often, I will ask them about their athletic practices. Do you go to football practice and watch films of the Atlanta Falcons every day? Do you […]

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S.A.T.

| September 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again. The first administration of the Scholastic Aptitude Test is quickly approaching. I am always amazed to see the huge numbers of bleary eyed early Saturday morning test takers each time I am a test administrator. The test has become a much higher stakes test since “back in the day”. […]

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Conflict

| September 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

There was quite a bit of press before this week’s UGA-Vanderbilt game about how the two coaches who verbally sparred at the end of last year’s football game would behave this weekend. Last year’s confrontation promised to get physical before cooler heads prevailed, as you can see in the photo, and as many of us […]

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Making Lists

| September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

I love lists. I have lists for groceries I need to buy, lists for appointments I need to keep, lists for business actions I need to take, lists for birthdays I need to remember…lists and lists…and lists. Sometimes these lists take the form of sticky notes all over my desk. Sometimes they are sheets of […]

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Seize The Day

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Recently, a Facebook friend of mine commented that I seemed to have a lot of energy to which I replied that I wanted to make the most of the time I had left. In response, he sent me a link to a powerful clip from the movie Dead Poet’s Society. Even though I have seen […]

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Personal Trainers

| September 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Physical fitness is a huge industry. I know. I am involved in that industry myself. I have spent the last two years with a personal trainer, but I have never wanted to tell anyone. My mental image of “those people” was not what I was two years ago nor what I have become two years […]

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Tomorrow

| September 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

My granddaughter wants to be on stage. I mean really on stage, as in have the starring role in a theatrical production. Last school year she stood up at lunch in front of 200 people and sang the song “Maybe” from Annie just to entertain the crowd. The amazing thing about that was she was […]

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Rebooting Your Life

| September 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Parade Magazine is always included in my Sunday paper.  Even though I do not usually read it, today I was intrigued by a picture of Katie Couric on the front cover, but especially intrigued by a compelling quote designed to draw the reader into the article. Most people are familiar with Katie’s story of how she lost […]

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Dreams Don’t Always Come True

| September 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

Diana Nyad, the famous marathon swimmer, recently ended her fourth attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. She was quoted: “It’s like life… all our dreams don’t come true.” I thought what a sad day it must be for her. She was abandoning not only this one swim, but also her dream. On the other […]

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