Parent Teacher Conferences

For 22 years, November has meant report cards and parent conferences. Since this is my last year of teaching sixth grade, I feel a bit nostalgic and want to offer some observations and advice for parents. Don't ask for extra credit on the day grades close. Students build a grade over many weeks. It's not... Continue Reading →

Planting Seeds

One of the most rewarding things about being a teacher is watching students' minds encounter new ideas, filter them with what they already know, and come to their own unique conclusions. It's only the third week of school, and already we've had a couple of discussions that planted seeds. They will continue to process everything... Continue Reading →

Back to School

Each year it seems the first day of school is earlier and earlier. I can't believe today marks a week since school started! The first day of school I had yard duty at the student drop off. Very few cars came. Most parents walked their child to school. I greeted everyone with a smile and... Continue Reading →

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