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#WhatIf Arne Duncan Listened to Teachers, Parents, Students, and Education Professionals?

#WhatIf Arne Duncan Listened to Teachers, Parents, Students, and Education Professionals?

Arne Duncan asked on Twitter, “What if every district committed both to identifying what made their 5 best schools successful & providing those opps to all their students?” I always say that you shouldn’t ask a question if you do not want to hear the answer–and that goes triple on social media. Arne Duncan asked and people answered with over 42,000 tweets and counting, including over 15,000 tweets on New Year’s Day. What the politicians fail to grasp … Read entire article »

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9 Ways to Keep Calm and Do Homework

9 Ways to Keep Calm and Do Homework

My eldest is in second grade and my second child is a kindergartner. They love the school, the teacher, and their classmates. Homework, on the other hand, is quite the chore. After some tinkering, we learned to stop worrying and deal with (if not quite love) math homework. 1. Get involved: Parent participation seems to be especially important with mathematics homework. Studies have also shown a link between a father’s involvement and a daughter’s continued interest … Read entire article »

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Perfect Illustration of the Issues with Common Core Elementary Mathematics

Perfect Illustration of the Issues with Common Core Elementary Mathematics

In the past, I’ve written about the Common Core from the perspective of its inevitable arrival and how we can help prepare our kids. I’ve also written about some of my objections to the Common Core elementary mathematics standards. I couldn’t resist sharing this video, which should be required viewing. Please watch this clever little girl trying to show her mom how to solve a mathematics problem the way she is taught in class. Based … Read entire article »

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