Who knew that a potluck dinner could teach us about learning? Potluck dinners are a wonderful North American institution. They didn’t have them in the UK when I lived there and large dinner parties meant hard work and days of preparation for the host and hostess. At a potluck people contribute their best dish and everyone benefits from the great food leading to less stress, more sharing and much more enjoyment for all concerned. Education should take place the same… Read More →
‘We have not really figured out how parents matter’, states Keith Robinson, co-author of ‘Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with child’s education’. Well hello! Perhaps the authors haven’t been reading my blog. But maybe they can be forgiven because Robinson also states that ‘Just because you think you should be … supporting your child’s education doesn’t mean that … your support… is effective’. Surely we know that too? Every parent who struggles to help kids with homework worries about how effective… Read More →
What do you think makes a good teacher? These are the responses I got from a group of parents in an elementary school. * Patience * Being a good listener * Good classroom management * A sense of humour * Creativity * Flexibility * A caring approach * Persistence Can you add to this list? I would like to share your thoughts when I talk to teachers. How does your chid’s teacher measure up?
It is only the end of March but already schools are thinking about next year – which kids are going to go where, which kids will pass the year with honours, who will need extra help. There is not a lot of time left to make sure that your child gets the Grades he or she is capable of getting and ends the year on a good note. If you have any concerns about your child’s education now is an… Read More →