Should I Fight with My 3-Year-Old to Teach Her to Read?

My oldest is 5 and I taught her how to read using How to Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons. It did not take 100 lessons, it took maybe 72. However, those 72 lessons spread out over the course of about 4 months were the most painful moments for me as a parent. ...more
I don’t think you need to pressure the girl to learn as this will cause her to resent learning. ...more

Feeling the Love from Fellow Teachers

It puts fear into the hearts of students, parents, and teachers alike.  It evokes judgment from government officials and those who have never walked a mile in a teacher's shoes.  In some places, it unfairly determines an educator's salary.  And in our school district, it will torment our lives for the next 5 days the same way a foreboding black cloud torments the spirited on a beautiful summer day....more

Do YOU Have Any Homework?

About 18 months ago, a close friend and I discovered quite abruptly that we have very different ideas about what it means for a parent to be involved in their children's education. My son Jonathan was a freshman in high school at the time. The primary points my friend and I dissected were homework assignments and regular communication with teachers/administrators. I maintained regular involvement in both. ...more

Maybe your friend was blessed to have children who did not need her nagging; I am lucky in ...more

Positive Parenting Resources

This past Sunday, I shared several sites and resources on positive parenting during the MamasTimeOut©show. ...more

Unmasking Identities: An Exploration of the Lives of Gay and Lesbian Teachers

We Wear the Mask by Paul Lawrence Dunbar We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,-- This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties. Why should the world be overwise, In counting all our tears and sighs? Nay, let them only see us, while We wear the mask. We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries To thee from tortured souls arise. We sing, but oh the clay is vile Beneath our feet, and long the mile; ...more


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