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Motivation and Praise

By on June 27, 2014

Modern American parents believe strongly in “self-esteem”, and that our job as parents is to protect our children’s self-esteem by praising them lavishly so they will “feel good about themselves”. But too often what we’re really doing is protecting our

Common Core Standards Part II

By on June 27, 2014

Last week we looked at the history and intentions of the Common Core State Standards initiative. Here’s a summary of that big picture: Common Core is a set of K-12 academic standards in math and English/language arts that are intended

Common Core Standards Part I

By on June 27, 2014

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are the most important story (and the biggest fight!) in public education right now. Common Core is heralded by some as the next greatest thing in public education, but it is denounced by others

Resilience

By on June 27, 2014

Resilience is the ability to deal with life’s ups and downs with strength and optimism. Even when life knocks them down, resilient people just keep on coming back! Resilient children grow up to be strong, confident adults, even if they

Class Size Reduction

By on June 27, 2014

Class size reduction is one of the most popular educational reforms – parents love it and so do teachers. It seems obvious to everyone that the students will get more individual attention, teachers will spend less time on classroom management

Summer Reading

By on June 27, 2014

Summer vacation is already here for many of us, so it’s time to get organized and make a plan for summer reading. We’ve all heard about summer reading loss, and the stories are true. Children who do not read during