Tag Archive for education

Playing games

I taught my 5-year-old chess. That may be me bragging a bit, but what else was I to do? She loves board games and I was sick of Candy Land. I had found this fantastic set of storybooks that explained how…

Separation anxiety

Or, I should say, lack thereof. My daughter started Kindergarten this week, certainly a big turning point in her life. Our lives. She isn’t around in the mornings anymore and it’s just me and her little brother. The two guys…

Digital literacy for my children

My son isn’t even two years old yet, but as of today he has an email address and an iCloud account. He joins his elder sister, who received both the email and the iCloud account with the iPod she received…

It’s just 6 months

In the upcoming month, my daughter will be entering into her first preschool experience. After three and a half years of myself being her only teacher, she has been enrolled in an Early Childhood/Family Education (ECFE) class, my primary reason…

Still Teaching…

It’s been since June of 2007 since I’ve had a classroom of my own, and I bowed out of the field of teaching completely when my daughter was born.  But I’ve found that I haven’t actually stopped being an educator;…

Punished by Rewards

I had read Punished by Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn and written a paper on it for a college course in classroom management in 2001.  In lieu of posting…

Another reason to hate NCLB

The biggest issue I have with the No Child Left Behind legislation is its heavy emphasis on standardized testing.  The basic premise of the law is that if the kids can’t pass a test then the school is failing, and…