RoBo Calls from Schools

Just saying....but, I really wish the school would decrease the RoBo calls to my cell phone.  The information is good to hear the first time, but the system calls me everyday at the same time and it is blowing up my voice mail.  I think the schools need to save the system for when something like a crisis happens.  Many things in life boil down to much contact is just too much.  People stop paying attention if you repeat call about "PTA meetings, Picture Day, and Uniforms."....again....just saying....more

White Babies No Longer Majority: Why Are Schools Not More Diverse?

This week the Washington Post noted for the first time in American history, white babies are no longer the majority born in the United States. ...more
I LOVE this post! We've recently decided that our kids will go to public school. I'd personally ...more

Teaching Vermicomposting to Kids

One of the benefits of earning my latest title - Master Composter - is that I am occasionally called in to service. For the past few months, it has been my great pleasure to visit second and third grade classrooms to introduce the joys of vermicomposting - as in, composting with worms. To an entire generation of local children, I am now known as 'The Worm Lady.'...more
@Julie Adolf Hey Julie, thanks for the kind words. It means a lot coming from someone like you. ...more

Digital Learning Day

It's National Digital Learning Day. Or so says www.digitallearningday.org. It is being presented as an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the digital learning that occurs in schools. The day passed unrecognized at my school - as an event, anyway. I'm sure digital learning occurred in some form, in some class, for some portion of a lesson at our school. However, the value in showcasing the innovative ways that teaching and learning occur in school communities throughout the country is tremendous....more

American vs. Finnish Schools

 Today I read an extremely articulate article about the comparison between American and Finnish Schools. Read about it HERE!...more

If You Don't Buy from My Kid, I Won't Buy from Yours

I have three kids which means in our time and like everyone else, we’ve sold a lot of crap. We’ve sold cookie dough, pizza making kits, wrapping paper, God awful things they considered “gifts,” magazine subscriptions and of course, Girl Scout cookies. We are VERY lucky that the elementary school we’re at now doesn’t participate in item sales; they just ask us for pledges and donations at the beginning of the year. And then nickel and dime us the rest of the year, but that’s a different post. Since two out of the three girls are scouts and sell cookies, I try to always buy from other parents when their kids are selling things for their clubs or schools. With one exception....more
You keep mentioning her attitude in the comments, but you didn't think it merited mentioning in ...more

socialized roads

It's not a well-kept secret that most of this country's essential services are socialized. Nobody minds when we chip in to pay for services for the common good, which is the essence of socialism. It has been said that one reason the states united in the first place was to fund a navy, too pricey for a single state. It's impractical for most of us to hire our own police or firefighters. We have our own well and septic system in the country, but try that in your condo. Nobody refuses to use our roads and highways because they are purely socialist. Public schools, Godless socialism....more

Change

We've moved into our new apartment. Tomorrow, we will officially no longer be homeless. There is still doubt, things still may not come through, but for now, it seems, all is well. The hurricane is coming....more

Designing a School Administrators' Web Page

In deciding what steps to take to establish a professional on-line presence as an educator, I started with my school's web page.  In education, it's always best to start where you are, work with what you have, and make strides towards achieving goals - and this new endeavor of mine is no different.  Since my district's web site already provides me with my own web page, I decided to direct my energies on developing that space. As I plan what my section of the school web site will look like I realize there are a few problems.  For one there are limitations to ...more

Teen Bullying Getting An Early Start!

On Tuesday September 6th a huge number of fathers took part in The Black Star Project and Million Father March as they walked their children to school on their first day. It was an effort by Chicago Ministers of different church denominations to bring families together in efforts of unity against violence in our urban city . A great cause for sure, but, what of the remaining 364 days of the year?...more