We know how hard it can be to slip from summertime ease into the rigor and schedule-driven months of September and October. Some parents are naturals at it—they’ve got meal plans on the Google calendar, the school lunch accounts are already boosted, and everyone has clean underwear, shoes without holes, and knows their teachers’ names.
As adults, we’ve had plenty of practice overcoming setbacks and meeting challenges head on, finding the teachable moment in failure and the silver linings among high expectations. And even with all these years of experience, sometimes it’s still hard to recognize that failure is always an opportunity to learn.
Friday, March 2, marks 20 years of Read Across America celebrations, held on Dr. Suess's birthday. This is a fun day of activities, programs, live events, and a general outpouring of recognition for the role reading plays in our lives, from babies all the way up to grownups!
As the school year draws to an end, it's a great time to ask students to think back on the work they've done this year and examine what they've learned and how they've grown. After all, classroom time is part of a larger picture that includes the wider world in which they'll use the knowledge they've gained to make inquiries, ask questions, do research, and wonder.
Parents and educators have been trying to decide on best practices in terms of kids and screens for decades. With the onslaught of new technology and mobile devices during the past several years, these concerns have only increased. How is the Internet changing the way kids think and behave?
This week, there’s a lot of talk about elections, democracy, and power. Our children are hearing it, as hard as we might work to keep the news off the radio and television, as hard as we try to keep discussions positive, as determined as we are to find our way toward forming a more cohesive nation after a bitter campaign season.
Math was never my strong suit (English nerd forever!) but as an adult, I wish I’d pay closer attention and learned those skills well enough that they lasted past graduation. Math really does have a lot to do with my life, and if I were better at it, many things would be easier for me. Hindsight is 20/20…