How Dialogue Journals Build Teacher-Student Relationships
Dialogue journals are a powerful tool for building trust with your students. Learn how they work.
Kindergarten Redshirting: How Kids Feel About it Later in Life
More parents are opting to delay their child’s entry into kindergarten. Years later, how do these students and their parents feel about the decision?
Helping Students Make New Year’s Resolutions: A Step-by-Step Plan
This week, since the topic of new year’s resolutions is likely to come up anyway, why not make a lesson out of it? Here’s a step-by-step plan to help your students make resolutions that could significantly impact their quality of life.
How and Why We Should Let Our Students Fail
Letting our kids deal with the natural consequences of their actions will help them more quickly develop the skills they need to succeed. Easier said than done.
Should My Child Skip Kindergarten?
The parent of a proficient reader is concerned that kindergarten won’t be challenging enough for her daughter. She thinks her daughter may end up hating school. Should she move her up a grade?
A Parent’s Dilemma: Extra Math or Electives with Friends?
A parent wants to know if she should honor her son’s request to opt out of extra math so he can take an elective with his friends. What should she do?
8 Things I Know for Sure About (Most) Middle School Kids
I never planned to teach middle school. But once I started, I never looked back. And I became kind of an expert on the idiosyncrasies of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, and how to make the most of their special qualities.
What the Mother of a Child with Autism Wants Teachers to Know
At first, my friend Leigh didn’t want me to air this episode. “I’m so sorry to have wasted your time,” she said, “but my husband and I just listened to it and we realized that if our daughter ever heard it, she would die of embarrassment.”
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Until I read this book, I knew autism caused people to behave in ways that made it hard for them to fit in socially, but I guess I assumed they were unaware of it. That was a big underestimation: The awareness is there, it’s strong, it hurts, and it extends to the people around them.