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A Real-Life Happy Ending… in Progress!

August 3, 2011

We hear a lot of negative stories in the world and fight a lot of negativity in our daily lives. I believe a “good story” is always welcome. Today, I would like to tell you a bit more about my former student, Carl. I had Carl as a third-grader, ten years ago. He had a…

What Is the Greatest Predictor of Success in School?

August 3, 2011

Today’s article begins with a quiz: What cognitive process is the greatest predictor of success in school? a) Verbal working memory (auditory processing while conducting other tasks such as note-taking) b) Ability to identify main ideas c) Transcription fluency (ability to write/form letters) d) Ability to spell accurately e) Ability to solve problems Did you…

Homework Guidelines Video

August 3, 2011

Today, I want to share a video from the Today Show that aired in August 2009. I thought it was fairly succinct and provided good points (with two minor exceptions). The video is here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/32595340#32595340 It is only 4:15 long, so I hope you will take the time to watch it, but if not, here…

Homework: The Great Homewrecker!

August 3, 2011

One of the top three questions I hear from parents is, “How much homework is a reasonable amount?” Many parents are exasperated over homework battles and find that their entire family’s well-being is held captive by the volumes of homework assigned to one child. I am just entering into this Battle Zone as a parent,…

Letter to a Young-Adult Child of an Alcoholic

August 3, 2011

My mom is a physician with a specialist certification in chemical-dependency. Lately, she and my father have spent a lot of time trying to help a relative who, apparently, has been battling alcoholism for several years. You would never know it to know her. She is a dynamic woman; very smart, hard-working, and a dedicated…

A State-Championship, A Dragon, and Noah Webster

August 3, 2011

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! There are a few lose ends to tie up from last week. THE DRAGONS WON! On Friday, I mentioned we were gearing up to see our hometown football team play in the state championship on Saturday. The game was played on the home field of the Detroit Lions,…

Lombardi-isms: Lessons to Learn From Football

August 3, 2011

My husband’s high school is playing in the state football competition tomorrow! We are quite excited to see the Lake Orion Dragons perform on the home field of the Detroit Lions and sure hope to see them bring home a victory! In honor of our community’s celebration, I want to share some quotes from one…

Highlighting & Talking: Suggestions for Sierra Leone

August 3, 2011

I know that everyone has their minds on “turkey,” but I only received one response to Creative Ideas Needed for Orphans in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The idea comes from Laura H. (not to be confused with the Laura who is working with the orphanage in Sierra Leone): Highlighting “Not sure how helpful this may…

Creative Ideas Needed for Orphans in Sierra Leone, West Africa

August 3, 2011

I had to make a “last-minute” road-trip to meet my new niece today; I am now an “aunt” for the first time! Baby Katelyn is adorable and a truly wonderful Thanksgiving gift! As I held that beautiful newborn this morning, I thought about the blessings she already has in life, including her two loving parents…

Why Teachers Feel So Ineffective!

August 3, 2011

“A good teacher is a self-abuser!” One of my grad-school professors said this in class years ago. I was still teaching full-time and his words pierced right through me! “Yes!” I thought, “that is so right!” I came home every day, frustrated that I didn’t get to something I wanted to cover that day or…

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