High School is the New College

At our school district, it's encouraged that 8th graders complete a study plan while enrolling in their freshman year in high school. This maps out their course of study, and ensures they will graduate with all the credits they need for a high school diploma. In other words, as a 14-year-old, they are asked to … Continue reading High School is the New College

Online Access to Grades – Yay or Nay?

The ability to check my children's grades online and the weekly emails from their teachers have made me feel like an enabler and contributed to the possibility of me being helicopter-ish. It's true. I like the "real-time" check on how my children are doing, and that I am "in the know" on what they are … Continue reading Online Access to Grades – Yay or Nay?

My One School Year Request

(Disclaimer:  I think teachers are one of the most important people in a child's life. Teachers posses more patience, more energy and more excitement in one school year than I have in one hour. Teachers are helping our little ones become responsible members of society. And the last thing they need to be hearing is … Continue reading My One School Year Request

High Tech U

I grew up with chalkboards and whiteboards, overhead projectors, filmstrips and VHS tapes. The first time I remember having a classroom computer was in high school. My teachers did not have e-mail. My report cards were printed and came in the mail or were sent home with a parent during conferences. And if you forgot … Continue reading High Tech U