Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Detective" – Grades K-3

Comprehension, Sequencing Write four (or more) clues on individual index cards, and hide them around your home. Next, tell your child there is a surprise hidden in the house. Show your child where the first clue is and let him read it (“You will find the next clue when you find ‘deduce’ in the dictionary.”). […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Sock Sports" – Age 1

Large Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination Sock Slam Dunk: Stand an open, large paper grocery bag in the middle of a room. Hand your child a balled-up sock (or a small stuffed animal or ball) and show him how to race by the bag and throw the sock in. After a while, give him two balled-up […]

Free Motivational Teacher Quote – "The Coach"

“Coaching is the single most important part of expanding others’ capabilities. You’ve surely heard the saying ‘Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day;teach a man how to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime.’ That’s coaching. It’s the difference between giving orders and teaching people how to get things […]

And the Winner is…

Congratulations to Shannon Buffano (Lirette) Our Lady of Guadalupe School – Chicago Shannon has won two (2) round trip airline tickets on Southwest Airlines! Thank you to everyone that visited us at the Illinois No Child Left Behind Conference in Chicago. We look forward to working with each and every one of you soon! Have […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Categories" – Ages 7+

What is a lepidopterist? Think of a general category and suggest to your child that she try to think of things that fit the category. Some possible categories to explore might be flowers, birds, farm animals, things you find at the beach, unusual names, etc. Take turns choosing the categories and naming the items that […]

Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Come Out Of The Barn!" – Preschool

Imagination, Listening Skills Tell your child that you are going to play a game where she pretends that she is a farm animal and you are the farmer. Ask her what farm animal she wants to be, and talk about what the animal says (a cow says “moo,” a pig says “oink,” etc.). Now have […]

Report Examines Missing Link In Teacher Quality Campaign

In a new Education Sector report titled Rush to Judgment: Teacher Evaluation in Public Education, Co-founder and Co-director Thomas Toch and Robert Rothman of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform examine the causes and consequences of the crisis in teacher evaluation, as well as its implications for the current national debate about performance pay for […]

GA County Going To All Single-Sex Public Schools

Students in all of Greene County’s (GA) regular public schools will be separated by gender starting next fall, a move educators hope will improve rock-bottom test scores and reduce teen pregnancy and discipline rates in the small, rural system. The school board approved the measure last week, drawing vocal protests from some students, parents and […]

Free Motivational Teacher Quote – "Enjoy Today"

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Quote by: Dale Carnegie

Free Teacher Joke – "Stay Calm"

In the supermarket was a man pushing a cart which contained a screaming, bellowing baby. The gentleman kept repeating softly, “Don’t get excited, Jack; don’t scream, Jack; don’t yell, Jack; keep calm, Jack.” A woman standing next to him said, “You certainly are to be commended for trying to soothe your son, Jack.” The man […]