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4 Questions To Ask At A Parent/Teacher Interview

Managing that first Parent/Teacher Conference Many parents are intimidated at parent/teacher conferences. Here are 4 questions they should ask. Hello, I’m Michael Maloney, a school principal for 40 years. Many parents are uncomfortable in parent –teacher interviews. Parents need to take control of these interviews to some degree in order to make sure that they get their questions answered.…

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Saving Your Child’s Academic Future

Saving Your Kid’s Academic Future 35% of American school children are failing needlessly at school. Your child could become one of them. Hi, I’m Michael Maloney, a teacher, principal and behavioral scientist for over 40 years. I’d like you to consider your options for salvaging your kid’s academic futures. For example, take Jamie, one of my more challenging students.…

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Seven Suggestions for Kids Who Have Been Left Behind

Introduction – First Report Card of this year The school year is approaching its first evaluation point. Parents will soon get some information about their child’s progress. For some, it will not be good news because their student has “special needs”. Some children, often identified as “special needs” require more help to learn than others. Sadly, the remediation…

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A Common Sense Approach of Teaching Science

The Issue Students often have difficulty trying to make sense of the facts and phenomena that are presented in science curricula. Part of that confusion is the result of the organization of the science curricula itself. Scientific information is often taught in small distinct chunks which seemingly bear little if any relationship to one another. Science itself is split…

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A Common Sense Approach of Teaching Science – The Big Picture

The Big Picture One logical place to start teaching kids scientific principles could begin by showing them where they are and why that matters. Almost everyone at some time or other has seen a poster of outer space. This picture, taken from deep space shows numerous galaxies, each with hundreds or thousands of stars whirling around at amazing speeds.…

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Day #5 – Project Follow Through – a Primer

Project Follow Through emerged from the social upheaval of the 1960’s. With the deaths of most of the prominent black leadership, the African-American population finally lost patience with the U.S. government. Riots, and other forms of anarchy followed in Watts, Newark, Detroit and other cities. To counter this insurgency, President Lyndon Johnson launched the War Against Poverty. One…

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Day #4 – Introduction to the Follow Through Project

In the last post, I asked a question about what you knew about the Follow Through Project. The reason this question is important is because Project Follow Through is the single largest, longest – running study involving a half of a million American children at risk of school failure. It compared 16 different educational methods head to head over…

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Day #3 – Scientifically–based Education or the Bandwagon Approach

In order to choose good curriculum, whether you are a school-based parent or a homeschooler, you need an accurate way to judge what works and what does not. In most areas of endeavor that would lead us to look at reports, reviews and scientific articles. You may not have the time or the expertise to do that. I…

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Day #2 – Getting Better Answers

Do you really know what is happening with your child’s education? Whether you are a homeschooler or are sending your child to a public or private school, you are probably not in the loop. Homeschoolers get to see what happened today, but they rarely have insight into how inefficient the teaching process really is. Non –homeschooling parents are…

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Day #1 – Do you really know what is happening with your child’s education?

Whether you are a homeschooler or are sending your child to a public or private school, you are probably not in the loop. Homeschoolers get to see what happened today, but they rarely have insight into how inefficient the teaching process really is. Non –homeschooling parents are generally much less informed. They routinely send their children off to one…

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