The Parents Guide for After a Parent Teacher Conference

November 8, 2012
What happens after parent teacher conferences

Parents across the country are coming home from their first parent teacher conferences of the 2012-2013 school year. First quarter report cards are being prepared if they have not already been shared, and a second quarter of school is beginning for students everywhere. The question is…what happens after the first parent teacher conference? How do […]

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Educational and Engaging Online Play

October 26, 2012

Games are a standard and engaging way to hook and motivate students. After twelve years in the classroom, countless games were used to review concepts, teach logic, and foster problem solving and reasoning. Interestingly enough though, I have never personally been a huge game player myself. Sure, I have let myself get distracted by games […]

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Everyone Loves a Spelling Bee

September 13, 2012
Fostering Spelling Skills With a Macy

Spelling. Spelling is one of those subjects in school that students either love or despise.  I was a lover of spelling when I was younger, priding myself at being pretty darn good (especially in contrast to my horrible speller neurosurgeon father who thank goodness had someone to transcribe his dictation).  But as a teacher, I […]

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Fostering Confidence in Our Kids

September 4, 2012
Fostering Confidence in Children | Ciao Mom

Reading, writing, and math are three things that parents and teachers have always looked at as indicators of success in schools. But I have three other things that as far as I am concerned, may be even more important than if you have memorized your math facts or can write a perfect essay. Confidence. Self […]

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Back to School with Glad Food Storage

August 29, 2012
Back to School with Glad Food Storage | Ciao Mom

Back to school season is upon us, along with the days of packing school lunches and healthy snacks. Principessa is one of those children who has never taken to buying a school lunch, and this year we decided to look for a few new alternatives to our traditional peanut butter sandwiches.  The daughter to foodie […]

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Beating the Case of the Ums…

August 28, 2012
teaching public speaking to kids | Ciao Mom

Public speaking. Presenting in front of groups. It is something that I love to do. Yes, I admit it, I am one of those people that are fueled by the energy of an audience. Whether it was back to school night at school, speaking at a PTA meeting, sharing educational strategies with a staff, or […]

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Who Else is Getting Ready for Back to School?

August 11, 2012
Preparing for Back to School | Ciao Mom

Back to school. Back to reality. August is usually my crazy busy time of year as I am trying to prepare myself to go back to work at school every day as well as preparing my daughter and our household for her own return to school.  Shopping, checklists, you name it…it is part of the […]

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Educational Resources for at Home Learning

August 10, 2012
Educational Resourcse from Scholastic for Home Learning | Ciao Mom

Back to school season is quickly approaching.  Many friends have asked me how I am doing since the first day back to school will be a HUGE change for me since I won’t be at my own school, in my own classroom this year. My answer so far has been that I am doing ok, […]

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What to Do When Your Child Becomes a Reader

July 31, 2012
When Your Child Becomes a Reader | Ciao Mom

As a teacher there was always a difference between teaching reading to first and second graders compared to third graders. The younger grades were learning to read whereas the older students were reading to learn. The transition could happen overnight for some students, but it was always noticeable, especially if they ENJOY reading. They become […]

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Mission Possible: The Road to Good Teaching

July 29, 2012
The Road to Good Teaching | Ciao Mom

It was the end of August 2000.  I was filled with excitement, trepidation, energy, and a bit of good old fashioned fear.  I was not just starting my first real full time job, with health benefits and retirement, I was taking my first steps as a brand new teacher. I remember that the computers in […]

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