Common Core Q&A with Former Michigan Gov. John Engler

Supporters of Common Core State Standards hope to level the playing field of the American public education system nationwide, touting the notion that educations attained under the new standards would be equal in preparing students for college and careers.But reactions to Common Core have been mixed, keeping PolitiFact busy separating fact from fiction....more
There are two sides to Common Core.  It's not necessarily the panacea it appears to be.  Diane ...more

Should You Have Your Young Child Tested for the Gifted Program?

Accurate identification of giftedness is necessary to determine what specific academic services your child needs. It also provides documentation when advocacy is warranted. While states and districts have varying requirements for gifted identification (seeNAGC for more), many districts circumvent these requirements by creating roadblocks and delays. Yet, rather than request testing when they suspect their child is gifted, some parents just wait for the school to decide if testing is indicated. ...more
Just_Margaret  Margaret, That's a great point. Even when insurance does not cover it, sometimes ...more

Writing Prompts

Writing pure fiction is impossible.  I have to write what I know, what I feel, and it has to be based my experiences.  The Seed story was inspired by my son's language arts required reading.  Though the story never happened, I unintentioanlly felt a compelling need to use the first person voice and develop my character based on my culture and life values.  When I blog, I have tried to hide certain characteristics of my personality in order to help or protect others.  This being an anonymous blog, I feel a little freer in my word or topic choices....more

Thinking "Outside the Box" Education

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Let Your Technology Help You Learn

Technology has brought so many wonderful ways to learn and get educated to the palms of our hands. Almost everyone who has a Smartphone has an e-book on it. People who use social media networking sites like Facebook are offered access to webinars on a daily basis. Google has made it easy for people to look each other in the face and learn together. Another new way of learning things is Twitter. A lot of information is shared 140 characters at a time and an incredible amount of information can be learned. ...more

Bibliophiles, Bookstores and Endings

My mom was a school librarian for 30 years. She retired before 60 as she began working in her early 20s and never stopped. When she told me she was calling it quits, I teased her all the time. “You’re not ready to retire,” I always said. I couldn’t see this smart, vibrant woman no longer getting up and going to work every day.  My picture of retirement was limited to occasional volunteering and philanthropic work. Traveling. All great things she’d done in the past, but things I couldn’t picture her doing in lieu of being in a school library....more
@Karen Ballum I'm with you Karen.  We no longer have any easily accessible bookstores. They are ...more

All This #!(*&^$ Homework!

I'm averaging one and a half to two hours a night on homework.And I'm not even the one who's in school. ...more

Studying math geniuses who are blind may create new ways to teach kids math

This is pretty fascinating: A researcher from the University of Hull studied people who have been blind since birth while they did math in their head. Here's what she found from this particular group:1. The blind volunteers showed outstanding estimation skills - even better than the volunteers who weren't blind! That in itself contradicts the idea that vision is essential to develop advanced math skills.2. One theory is that blind people need to assess their surrounding with math more than sighted people - counting the number of steps to their apartment, for example....more

Let Your Technology Help You Learn

Technology has brought so many wonderful ways to learn and get educated to the palms of our hands. Almost everyone who has a Smartphone has an e-book on it. People who use social media networking sites like Facebook are offered access to webinars on a daily basis. Google has made it easy for people to look each other in the face and learn together. Another new way of learning things is Twitter. A lot of information is shared 140 characters at a time and an incredible amount of information can be learned. ...more

Get Your Kids Ready for Back-To-School

It happens every Fall, parents re-evaluate their children's school, to make sure they're getting the best education. It's also important to have a back-to-school checklist to make they are healthy and ready for the books.Mom Generations blogger and mother of five, Audrey McClelland knows all about getting kids ready for the classroom. She shares some things that we can do to be more involved, and to make sure that our kids are ready to learn. ...more