The 2020 Back-to-School Mom

The 2020 Back-to-school Mom This is an unusual back-to-school season. With the ever-present disquieting threat of COVID-19, 2020 parents must choose to home-school, settle for the online classroom (also requiring supervision), pay for private school, or hire private...

How everyone can benefit from “back-to-school”

How everyone can benefit from “back-to-school” It’s back-to-school time. I don’t know why that’s always so exciting for me—it means piles of grading, early mornings, missing grades in the grade book, parent emails, student excuses. But I’m an...

Identifying Gifted Children

  “Oh, my son is gifted, so he’s going to a special school now.” “My daughter’s in the gifted class.” “My children take all AP classes. They’re gifted learners.” You know these parents, and they might annoy...

How to substitute teach (and survive)

When people find out that I substitute teach, they usually respond like this: Why would you want to do that? Unless those people are teachers themselves. Then they respond: You do?! Have you ever subbed _____ grade? (They’re desperate.) The answer is Yes, I...

6 Things I Love About School Starting

This is the time we’ve dreaded all summer. School is starting. Gone are the days without regulated beginnings and endings. Gone are whimsical mornings on the seashore and guilt-free ice cream runs. Gone is the feeling of exhaustion from doing nothing but baking...

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