Teacher-Parent Relationships

Sarah Thompson of Save the Children

Each workday in the U.S., 69 million children become separated from their families to attend school or receive child care. If disaster strikes, schools, families and anybody else responsible for children’s welfare need proper plans to keep young people safe. One organization devoted to making that happen is Save the Children, which has been protecting… Read More

Today’s education models tend to focus on a child’s achievement deficits — if students aren’t reading at grade level, for instance, then teachers try to get them caught up. Mindprint Learning flips this model, using cognitive tests to identify children’s strengths and engage them in ways that compensate for their weaknesses. The goal: Let kids… Read More

As summer comes to an end, preparing for the school year and welcoming classrooms full of fresh faces is a great time to add a few tools to the teaching toolbox. Establishing new practices at the beginning of the year seems daunting, but it can help set up long-term success in building and maintaining positive… Read More

Dozens of studies show that children need to continue to read and learn during the summer to avoid the learning loss known as “summer slide.” Matthew Boulay, PhD, founder of the National Summer Learning Association, believes that partnerships between parents and teachers are absolutely essential during the summer months. Summer learning loss can impact year-round… Read More

To win in sports, school and life, young people need to improve their ability to focus on specific tasks and filter out distractions, says James I. Millhouse, a clinical sport psychologist who wrote “The Parents Manual of Sport Psychology.” Millhouse’s book has helped the parents of top athletes guide their children to major championships. But… Read More

Melissa Schwartz and her mother, Sandi Schwartz, created Leading Edge Parenting to help parents learn to discipline their children in an emotionally healthy way. Their core philosophy is that parents deserve to know about effective ways to inspire cooperation, responsibility and natural, joyful learning in their children. Teachers can learn a lot from their approach,… Read More

In an age when email inboxes are overloaded and parent-teacher conferences may only occur twice per year, teachers can use a free tool called Remind to communicate with both students and parents. “Remind allows teachers to connect with students and parents via smartphone app or SMS mobile messaging,” said Brett Kopf, Remind’s CEO. Remind provides… Read More

Last week, I attended a meeting full of college instructors discussing helicopter parents. Enough of us had experienced parental interference in college courses that we debated the most effective way to detect whether writing assignments were completed by our students or their parents. High anxiety: Parental involvement in education can go too far The conversation… Read More

Teachers: Four Ways to Start the New School Year Strong

By Brian Gatens August 6, 2015

Nothing beats a strong start to the school year. A solid opening filled with good information, positive parental contact and clear class expectations will put your class on a constructive path that will help during the doldrums of mid-year and the growing excitement of the school year nearing its end in June. Here are some… Read More

You’ll work with a wide spectrum of families over your career, and one of the most challenging will be the ones who over-parent their children. Popularly known as “helicopter parents,”’ they are prone to: Pouncing on a teacher seemingly from the moment an assignment is given. Micro-analyzing every grade that goes home. Looking constantly for… Read More

In comic books, Rogue was a superhero, but on a school board, rogue members tend toward villainy. As the liaison among a superintendent, school sites and the district’s general populace, school boards navigate difficult space, often making tough decisions about revenue and budgets, teacher pay, and other district policies. School boards vs. citizens: cases in the… Read More

When a class sees their teacher as an ally in their quest for an education, they perform better. Combative power relationships between teachers and students are being abandoned as more teachers seek a pedagogy that acknowledges students’ ownership of their own education and engagement with the world at large. What is culturally responsive teaching? An… Read More

The Homework Debate: How Homework Benefits Students

By Monica Fuglei November 21, 2013

This post has been updated as of December 2017. In another of our blog posts, The Case Against Homework, we articulated several points of view against homework as standard practice for teachers. However, a variety of lessons, content-related and beyond, can be taught or reinforced through homework and are worth exploring. Read on! Four ways homework… Read More

The Homework Debate: The Case Against Homework

By Monica Fuglei November 14, 2013

This post has been updated as of December 2017. It’s not uncommon to hear students, parents, and even some teachers always complaining about homework. Why, then, is homework an inescapable part of the student experience? Worksheets, busy work, and reading assignments continue to be a mainstay of students’ evenings. Whether from habit or comparison with… Read More

Anger Management: Five Tips for Keeping Playground Peace

By The Room 241 Team August 20, 2013

When it comes to anger management, playground personnel need highly developed skills to keep the kids under their supervision safe and happy. If you regularly supervise a rowdy bunch of children all running off their built-up steam, read on to find some tips for educators that will help you make recess the best possible experience… Read More