Archive

What are your thoughts as you witness another school year coming to a close? Has the year been everything you’d hope it could be? What changes would you consider? Ideas to improve school culture To ensure that the school atmosphere is one that encourages not only academic success, but also stresses social-emotional growth, consider the positive results that such an emphasis would create. Having an attitude of perseverance and grit …

I get it. I, too, would love to spare my children adversity, unpleasantness, or failure of any kind. (And, mind you, this statement is coming from a woman whose children are all adults, some with children of their own!) Yet, when I stop and really give these feelings adequate time and contemplation, I must accept the fact that, were I to follow through on these urges, it would be to …

Brain research has clear suggestions for how study skills can best be applied so children can learn more information at a faster pace and in less stressful ways. There are always students who will benefit from these techniques at an early age; they may have a harder time with information recall, or maybe they find it difficult to apply information, need more repetition, or have a diagnosed learning difference. Compare …

The elections are almost upon us and this round of debates and reporting, in case anyone hadn’t noticed, seems a bit different from prior years. Since 1960 when John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon participated in the first televised debates, the candidates, their political parties, and the American public, came to realize the potential impact. Typically a time to learn more about the candidates themselves and their opinions regarding various …

School has begun and many are starting to feel the typical “school-scheduling-overload” that hits families at the beginning of each academic year. While your mind is deluged with memories of what went right during the previous school year, and, almost more importantly, what could have been better, now would be a good time to begin implementing strategies that will improve the school year for everyone! Steven Covey, author of The …

Schools across the country are nearing their “start” date. In preparation for the new school year, now would be a good time for families to put a few processes in place that will help the year start off with a smoother beginning. For families, this involves considering a home study area, extracurricular planning, and an open, honest discussion about the expectations for both students and parents. (Parents, take note: many …

How often do you listen to the woes of a friend of family member, and do only that: just listen? While many of us want to try to offer a solution and help solve problems for others, active listening may just be the biggest gift you can offer to someone else. Enter the Crisis Text Line, a free text service that offers exactly this: active listening. The service operates free …

The school year is almost over and, before memories dim, try looking back at the academic year with an objective eye; how did the year evolve for you and your children? Did your child use the best study skills, or does he even know them? Did your child’s teacher go out of the way to establish a positive relationship with both you and your child? Was there a team approach …

What’s going on in your academic life these days? If you noticed that this question wasn’t directed at a particular age group, please know that that was by design rather than mistake. Why? Because the “next big academic move” for any member of the family often becomes an endeavor for the entire family these days! Yet, should this be the case? Is the choosing of one school over another a …

Tony Wagner is an educator’s educator and should be the hero of every parent whose child is going through the American education system. A former high school teacher, K – 8 principal, and university professor in education, Mr. Wagner is now an Expert in Residence at Harvard’s Innovation Lab and makes it his business to speak about what kids need in order to find the greatest levels of success as …