Why Your School Doesn’t Care That Johnny Did Not Learn to Read This Year

Part 2- Don’t Blame His Teacher!!! As I mentioned in Part 1, 35% of the children leaving first grade this year still cannot read. These children have generally spent three years in school already in Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten and First Grade…. and they still have not been taught to read. Now Hear This –…

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Parent/Teacher Interview Tips: Four Questions You Need To Ask Your Child’s Teacher

October – almost time for this year’s first parent/teacher interview. Many parents are not quite sure how to handle these interviews. They do not know how to get information that they want from the teacher. They are sometimes too uncomfortable to ask pointed questions that the teacher may not be able to answer. They are…

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An Alternative to Teacher-Generated “Lesson Plans”

Our garage is full of saved teacher materials. They were lesson plans devised by Lynne, my partner, for her elementary school core French classes. There are lessons, games, tests; all manner of instructional materials. When Madame, as she was lovingly known by her students, retired, a new French program was being introduced and no-one was…

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Why Teacher-Generated “Lesson Plans” are Dangerous

Many times, when a parent attends a teacher interview, the classroom teacher will describe for the parents what s/he intends to teach in a particular subject during this semester. These instructional strategies are often tied into themes that might last for a period of time or that might be related to a specific event. Themes…

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