~~At thirteen years old, I discovered Sylvia Plath.She understood me.  I understood her.  When she wrote: “I shall never get you put together entirely / Pieced, glued, and properly jointed,”  I thought she was speaking to me. Sometimes people come into our lives precisely when we need them. ...more

just wanted to stop and say - great post, I think a lot of us have moved from Sylvia to Anne ...more

Fruit Salad Day Serves Up Health and Nutrition

In line with the USDA’s recent ‘Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food’ initiative, eighth graders at East Palo Alto Charter School held an event called “Fruit Salad Day” for their entire school on Sept. 17, 2009. The 15 students in the school’s Garden Elective class helped to wash, chop, mix, and serve seasonal fruits donated by farmers' markets in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto to more than 300 schoolmates. ...more

What This Teacher Thinks About Early Starts to Kindergarten (originally posted at Kindergarten's 3 R's)

Reminders before you read: 1) I've been a kindergarten teacher for fourteen years. 2) I'm a mommy and have been there. And a tip: You'll probably want to bookmark this one and read it in sections, taking a breather between each one. It's not quite a rant, but there are a few "Hello, McFlyyyyyy" moments that might raise the blood pressure a bit. ***** ...more
I completely agree. I'm a mom of  Kindergartner and I loved this post. Especially the last ...more

Do you pay for grades?

I remember once in my youth, I must have been about 11 or so, sitting on a schoolbus listening to two boys talking in the seat in front of me.  One of them was showing off a wad of cash. "Thirty-three dollars, man," he said proudly.  "It's 'cause of the 2 A's and the 2 B's that I got.  My parents are so excited." I couldn't contain myself. "Your parents give you money for your grades?" I asked, interrupting them. ...more

So first, I feel not-so-smart for taking five mintues to figure two A's and two B's is ...more

Is There a Thin Line between Education and Ignorance?

Is there a Thin Line between Education and Ignorance?   ...more

Health Reform Crib Sheet For Busy People Part 1

This year, many first year college students will take a class taught by library staff on critical thinking and evaluating sources. I am trying to convince their parents and other interested people that they need to do the same. There is more to contemporary education than reading, writing and arithmetic. The current health care debate is the prime reason why we need information evaluation and literacy skills.  This is a my attempt at a functional crib sheet. ...more

Gena - Thanks for the link to Covering ...more

American Girls

As our school year began this year, the girls got really into dressing up for the first day. Somehow, the concept was different for them! Read more... ...more

Our Children are at great risk

Hi, everybody. My name is Donna. I’m a working mother. My husband, Gerry, is a teacher. Lately, it seems that everywhere there is news of horrible things happening to kids. Whether it’s depression, bad social environments, or techno terrorism - the effects are staggering. Children as young as elementary school are taking their own lives and all too often it seems that parents had no idea why until it was too late. I’ve found, with a little research, that a large majority of kids are subject to these things through technology especially cell phones. ...more