Category Archives: parent/teacher conference

Happy Birthday Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori was born 134 years ago yesterday. Although her research with children has been replicated again and again in the last century, and although her discoveries have been born out in successful practice all over the world (there are … Continue reading

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Key to a Great Parent-Teacher Partnership

Years ago in some online comment Janet Lansbury wrote: “I was encouraged by a mentor, infant specialist Magda Gerber, to view babies as whole people from the get-go, not my projects, not reflections or extensions of me. Their emergent personalities … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth is Tricky

“Mark’s mother keeps harassing me about his academics,” said third-grade-teacher Dara. “I keep telling her that he is doing very well, but she doesn’t believe it. She thinks I don’t have high enough standards. Yesterday, she said, ‘I am so … Continue reading

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Collective Genius

Early in my first year as principal I found myself sitting across the table from a clean-cut, successful looking lawyer/parent who had put his daughter into the second grade of my school a month ago. As soon as we returned … Continue reading

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The Secret of Raising Responsible Kids (Hint: Don’t Make it Easy.).

My daughter and I take turns behind the wheel driving south through Virginia on I-81 with my 10-year-old granddaughter in the back. Riding shotgun, Brooke calls home to tell her 13-year-old daughter and husband that we will be arriving tomorrow … Continue reading

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