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Assigning Hope in Middle School
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Assigning Hope in Middle School

I have been stressed out about middle school since he was in kindergarten.

No Name Calling Week: January 20-24
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No Name Calling Week: January 20-24

Two of my favorite organizations, Groundspark and GLSEN, are up to something I’m a huge proponent of: celebrating kindness. No Name-Calling Week is happening January 20 through 24th. And one of the great things about it is that you’ll have a precious opportunity to access two of Groundspark’s documentary films for free: […]

The other side of preschool
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The other side of preschool

I’m not a preschool teacher, but I teach preschool.  I mean to say that I don’t have a background in education or child development but I spend every morning with children.  It’s not that I discount all that I do in our classroom, but I have mad respect for those […]

Hello, school (part 2)
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Hello, school (part 2)

Yesterday, I doled out some home-spun advice about how you can ease your transition to your child’s first schooling experience. Now, it’s time to crack the books and do some learnin’ ourselves. Behold, Five Top-Notch Resources to Help Educate Yourself and Your Child’s Teachers Ye olde “put the mask on […]

Hello, school (part 1)
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Hello, school (part 1)

There is so dadgum much to say about our kids in schools that this back-to-school advice-fest is broken into two parts. Part 1, below, is the home-spun anecdotal wisdom tip sheet. Part 2, to be published tomorrow, is a list of super-helpful links and resources. Look, there she goes! Your […]

Back-to-School, or Home-Again, Home-Again
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Back-to-School, or Home-Again, Home-Again

We are entering our second year of homeschooling. Last year was our exploration year, in which we found out what seemed to work for us and what doesn’t work so well. The main feature of homeschooling—the best and the worst of it, all at once, I think—is its individuality. The […]

TGIF Video: What Do You Know?
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TGIF Video: What Do You Know?

“Yes, elementary school kids know the word ‘gay,’” says the bespectacled fifth-grader, matter-of-factly. That’s how the trailer for the professional development film “What Do You Know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians” concludes, and by then the point has been amply made. By the six-to-twelve year […]

School Project Hell for Hands-On Parents
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School Project Hell for Hands-On Parents

I don’t recall having homework until about 5th or 6th grade.  That’s not to say that I didn’t have homework before then, but I have no recollection of it.  Whenever I did have homework, I completed all my assignments on my own.  By myself.  Without assistance.  Was I an academic […]