Todd’s Note – If you haven’t been in a Kindergarten classroom in a while, you might have the wrong impression about what they actually do! If you are going on memory, you are probably thinking about extended play time, naps and learning how to share. That is all done, well not the naps, but that doesn’t even touch the tip of the iceberg! Students in Kindergarten are reading books by mid-semester! Yes…you read that correctly!
I know at my school, the Kindergarten teachers work miracles. They start off the year looking like they are herding cats to turning out students [...]
Todd’s Note – This is such an issue every Fall. Students come back and need to get the brain working again from being off all summer! A steady diet of video games and TV isn’t the answer. One thing that always suffers is reading. In this article, Part Time Nanny discusses 16 ways to keep your child learning. Read the teaser and then jump to the full story.
Summer vacation is a time for fun in the sun and enjoying freedom from the drudgery of school in the minds of most children. Making sure that they retain some of [...]
Fox news had two Superintendents on today to discuss measures that their districts have taken to arm certain educators on their campuses. One of the superintendents, David Thweat of Harrold ISD, has had this in place since 2007 after the Virginia Tech Massacre. I remember seeing a lot of posts on Facebook about this district right after Sandy Hook. The other superintendent, Kelly Bagget, of Levelland ISD, didn’t waste time coming back from the Christmas break in January to get a committee together to discuss and research the possibility of doing this.
So where other districts are still talking [...]
As an administrator, I have been stuck at school with students who were not picked up for whatever reason. It is really scary for me to realize that many of these students don’t know their own parent’s phone numbers…. I’m talking 5th graders! When this happens, I always give the mini-lecture of memorizing phone numbers or at least having a list in their backpack. What would happen if they were lost and someone wasn’t around?
Children and emergencies is the topic of Back-Up Care’s post – How to Prepare Your Child to Handle an Emergency. I feel this is an [...]
This is a great animation by RSA Animate that discuss the need for educational reform. The animation is based on a talk by Sir Ken Robinson. You might have seen his TED talk a while back. It’s refreshing to hear this, but as an educator, I know that the system won’t reform. It will take an earthquake type shaking to get it to change. There are many reasons for that…but for now, check out this 12 min. video.