Electives: Does my child really need them?

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The electives are often misunderstood. The basics are often considered to be math, reading, science, and social studies. Anything which doesn’t fit into these four categories is considered to be an elective class, or something to be taken after the big four are scheduled. Thus, much school organizational energy goes into ensuring that middle school kids take math, reading, science, …

Politics: The election is nasty. Should I shield my child from what is happening?

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There is general agreement that the Presidential election race of 2016 is one of the most disagreeable races in recent modern history. Regardless of whether your learnings are Democratic, Republican, or Independent, the circumstances of the last year have certainly drawn lots of attention to events such as character slurs, supreme court fears and hopes, bullying, state secrets, exaggerated claims, …

Halloween: Should my child participate?

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Halloween is soon arriving and occasionally parents are torn between allowing their child to participate in Halloween-related activities or leaving their child remaining on the sideline. Usually the reasons for not allowing middle school kids to participate in Halloween activities revolve around religious reasons or cultural—some traditions don’t include Halloween as one of their revered celebrations. Whatever the reason, parents …

Election Year: Middle School kids and voting

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It is election year and once again yards are filled with signs exhorting voters to select this or that candidate, the newspapers are loaded with political ads, and normal television news is crammed with ads featuring voters should be happy with or the news is highlighting candidates voters should be worried about. What is a middle school teacher and child …

Social Media: Killer clowns and the dark side

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Recently there have been a series of rumors about clowns running around cities and towns, threating or killing people. Police and local authorities have caught a few people who have been scaring people while wearing clown outfits but police are unable to identify any specific group of clowns who are on a killing rampage. None of this matters on social …

Homework: Is it helpful or a waste of time?

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Homework is a much discussed topic among kids, parents, and teachers. Kids talk about homework because they need to finish it in order to get a good grade in school. Parents talk about homework because they watch their child spend time every night completing homework. And teachers talk about homework because often the conversations around who are the “good” or …

First day of school: Part III of III: My child doesn’t like their teacher, what should I do?

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The possibility exists that your child doesn’t like their teacher because—well—their teacher isn’t a very good teacher. Kids have an uncanny sense of being able to figure out very quickly who are the good teachers and who are the poor teachers. They are able to do this because they are experts in being students and have spent lots of hours …

First day of school: Part II of III: My child doesn’t like their teacher, what should I do?

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Your second option, when your child comes home after the first day of school and says, “I don’t like my teacher,” is to ask them specific questions. Kids sometimes make lots of statements without having any evidence or information to back them up. You want your child to at least have some reasons to back up their statements. Ask for …

First day of school: Part I of III: My child doesn’t like their teacher, what should I do?

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I will be the first one to say that often the first indication you will receive that your child has a mediocre or poor teacher is when your child comes home and says, “I don’t like my teacher.” Be careful, however, because sometimes kids will initially react negatively to strong teachers who have high standards and are strict with the …

Back to School: Reassure your child

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The beginning of a new school year is always a fun time for everyone. The kids are excited because they get to see their friends again. The teachers are pumped because they are ready to try out new ways of instructing their students. And the parents are relieved that their kids now have something structured to do every day, because …