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Forget Report Cards: This Is What Really Matters

Report card day. For some parents it carries with it the feelings of pride and anticipation. For others it brings dread. It is the day that our children’s academic success is summed up in a single letter. A, B, C, D, F. Outstanding, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory. Commendable, Proficient, Basic. Above grade level, Grade level, Below grade level. Four times a year we see our children’s achievement in school formally assessed and scored in black and white. For all parents this can be difficult if we don’t see that grade that we…

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Not Everyone Appreciates Teachers (But You Should)

This week, social media has been full of all things promoting teacher appreciation. My Pinterest feed has so many wonderful and creative ideas to show a teacher just how thankful we are. There are pictures all over Facebook with the ideas different friends have carried out and want to show off that they are giving to their kid’s teachers. Teachers are the talented force leading our future. They absolutely should be appreciated. I speak from the heart because I have been a teacher for fourteen years. My school’s Parent-Teacher Association…

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Take Your Child To Work Day #RealityMom Edition

April is here, and that means Take Your Child To Work Day is fast approaching. Parents and children alike look forward to this day. Parents look forward to showing off their workplace to their kids, and their kids to their workplace. Children look forward to getting the chance to experience what mom or dad do all day while they are at school, as well as the chance to just miss a day of school. The event is meant to be a lesson in career education and quite literally, on-the-job training….

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Deciding to Redshirt My Kindergartener

If you are a fan of college sports, you’ve likely heard the term “redshirting” referring to keeping a college athlete out of competition for a year in order to develop their skills without losing a year of playing eligibility. If you are the parent of a five-year-old with a summer birthday, you might have also heard of it in terms of kindergarten. Redshirting for Kindergarten has become a popular topic in suburban America as some parents worry about giving their children an academic leg up, and others fear pushing a…

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#RealityDad: Learning Challenges and Deciding to Get Tested

It began with a meeting to discuss Darcy’s “challenges”, a euphemism for the word “deficits” that was used when I was a boy. I’ve always hated both. The former reeks of some sort of 1984 Newspeak and the latter is rife with potentially detrimental consequences. Regardless of my thoughts neither word is one a parent wants to hear in context with one’s child. My daughter Darcy, all of six and in first grade, had been performing below grade level for some time and in many ways the meeting wasn’t a…

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