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

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 teacher. Starting now allows time to add questions to the list as […]

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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

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 in an interesting discussion about the role of the parent in a […]

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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

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 Lincoln’s speech at Gettysburg, we also KNOW that all teachers are NOT. […]

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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

“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 one of those times where failure to communicate can end in disaster. […]

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

| June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments
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  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 was, “Is this going to be on the test?”  It didn’t take […]

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

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
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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 out, I had to send a student to the library with the […]

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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

  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 packaging in which it was purchased. The wording of those statements means […]

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

| June 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
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  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 a reward. You just passed Parenting 101. You are successful!! Your child […]

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

| June 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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 “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. I have no idea how I found my way around by myself […]

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

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
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 at the grocery store is lazy. Judgments. Right or wrong, we make […]

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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

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 University next year.” We’ve all experienced the proud boasting of a parent […]

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

| July 29, 2013 | 0 Comments
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 the common rationalizations given by some teachers when counting problems in mathematics […]

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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

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 letter on a piece of paper. I once taught in a school […]

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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

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 a problem.”  This story was retold in a 1995 movie with Tom […]

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