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What Makes a Parent Love a Teacher

What Makes a Parent Love a Teacher
Guest post by Jennifer Gonzalez The note from Mrs. F. came home two weeks into the school year:I’d like to talk with you about how we can make reading time more challenging for Ruby. When can we meet? Although I knew my daughter was an advanced reader, I had accepted that it would always be up to me to ask for this kind of differentiation. Thus began my year of absolutely loving Mrs. I know a lot of teachers, and I know that a lot of their energy goes into things like setting up classrooms, finding new materials and activities, learning new technology, and downloading beautifully designed templates and worksheets. But all of that pales in comparison to this one thing. Know my child. That’s it. It Makes a Difference My kids are currently in grades 2, 3, and 5. Do other parents feel the same way? From a mother of two: Some of my favorite teachers have been those who were interested in my children and made them feel important. From a mother of three: I love it when a teacher "gets" my kid. Related:  Humanities Resources - Cornerstone College (Mt Barker, SA)

26 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi, one of the many beautiful souls that has inspired and continues to inspire so many of us taught me so many valuable and life changing lessons. And in today’s post, I have gathered some of his most inspiring quotes and compiled them into the 26 Life Changing Lessons to Learn from Mahatma Gandhi. Enjoy! 1. “An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.” “It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.” 2. “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” 3. “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” 4. “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. 5. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” 6. “God has no religion.” “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. “I believe in the fundamental Truth of all the great religions of the world. 7. “Prayer is not asking. “Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.” 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Engaging Parents in the Learning Process cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by bestlibrarian When you ask parents from any country in the world, what they ask their children at the end of the day about school, their question is very similar: “What did you learn today?” The disconcerting thing is that the answer is almost always exactly the same. “Nothing.” With some of the work that we are doing in Parkland School Division, we are really trying to engage parents in the learning of their child by opening the door into the classroom . Different questions usually get different responses. Parent Participation vs Parent Engagement Although the more parents can have a positive presence in our schools, the more they will build relationships within the school community, engagement is something different. Yet as students get older, many parents are uncertain about the learning that is happening and feel uncomfortable with the content. Are we becoming illiterate? So with that in mind, what are parents doing at home? Keeping Kids Safe

Movie Reviews and Ratings by Film Critic Roger Ebert | Roger Ebert 20 Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed in School By: Colorín Colorado (2008) As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children's schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child's school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have. There are many ways that parents can support their children's learning at home and throughout the school year. Here are some ideas to get you started! Develop a partnership with your child's teachers and school staff 1. If you feel uncomfortable speaking English, don't let a language barrier stop you. 2. 3. Support your child academically 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Get involved with your child's school 9. 10. Get informed and be an advocate for your child 11. 12. 13. Support your child's learning at home 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

50 Kick-Ass Websites You Need to Know About It's time to update the entries in your browser's links toolbar. But with recent estimates putting the size of the internet at well more than 100 million distinct websites, it's getting harder and harder to get a handle on all the great stuff that's out there. That's why we've compiled this list. And unlike some lists you may have seen, which try to name the very "best" websites, but end up just telling you a lot of stuff you already know, we've chosen instead to highlight 50 of our favorite sites that fly under most people's radar. Think of it as the Maximum PC blog roll (remember those?). You might have heard of some of these sites, but we'll bet you haven't heard of all them. See What Can Be Done with 4 Kilobytes If you’re any kind of nerd at all, you probably know about the demoscene, where talented programmers create complex videos rendered in real-time, stored in incredibly small files. Clutter-Free Social Networking You can admit it.

The Role of Parents . Supporting Your Learner . Going to School . Education Although a parent’s role in their children’s learning evolves as kids grow, one thing remains constant: we are our children’s learning models. Our attitudes about education can inspire theirs and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey. Be a role model for learning. Pay attention to what your child loves. Tune into how your child learns. Practice what your child learns at school. Set aside time to read together. Connect what your child learns to everyday life. Connect what your child learns to the world. Help your child take charge of his learning. Don’t over-schedule your child. Keep TV to a minimum. Learn something new yourself. What an Effective Teacher's Classroom Looks Like Another school year is approaching and many novice teachers are preparing to enter their own classrooms for the first time. To help them on their way, MiddleWeb is publishing a series of brief articles offering good advice and food for thought. What We See in Effective and Ineffective Classrooms by Annette Breaux and Todd Whitaker In our ongoing observations of teachers, we continue to notice that the most effective teachers’ classrooms all look uncannily similar. And, of course, the same can be said for the less effective teachers—their classrooms all look uncannily similar. It seems that no matter where we go, the students all act the same in the classrooms of the most effective teachers. Let’s take a look inside of less effective teachers’ classrooms first. Here is what they all seem to have in common: ◆ The classroom looks disorganized. Now for the good news We could go on, but we think we’ve made the point. Here’s what we saw in the classrooms of the most effective teachers:

Rumsey Historical Map Collection The David Rumsey Map Collection was started over 25 years ago and contains more than 150,000 maps. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century maps of North and South America, although it also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, wall maps, globes, school geographies, pocket maps, books of exploration, maritime charts, and a variety of cartographic materials including pocket, wall, children's, and manuscript maps. Digitization of the collection began in 1996 and there are now over 55,000 items online, with new additions added regularly. Maps are uniquely suited to high-resolution scanning because of the large amount of detailed information they contain. With Luna Imaging's Insight® software, the maps are experienced in a revolutionary way. Materials created in America and that illustrate the evolution of the country's history, culture, and population distinguish the collection. about the technology Computer Network:

7 Secrets of the Super Organized A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don’t aim to be. But I know where everything is, I know what I need to do today, I don’t forget things most of the time, and my house is uncluttered and relatively clean (well, as clean as you can get when you have toddlers and big kids running around). So what’s the secret? Are these obvious principles? If your life is a mess, like mine was, I don’t recommend trying to get organized all in one shot. So here are the 7 habits: Reduce before organizing. If you take your closet full of 100 things and throw out all but the 10 things you love and use, now you don’t need a fancy closet organizer. How to reduce: take everything out of a closet or drawer or other container (including your schedule), clean it out, and only put back those items you truly love and really use on a regular basis.