SMART Goal Setting

The Difference Between Setting Goals and Objectives "Think of goals as what developmental milestones or academic skills we want the student to acquire in one year. The objectives and benchmarks are showing how we are going to get there and how we will measure if we are making sufficient progress towards that goal." ~ Excerpt from my book, I See You, I Hear You and I Understand. For students, especially students on an...

15 Questions to Ask at Parent Teacher Conference

Parent-Teacher conferences are such a powerful tool to bridge the relationship between school and families. Parent-Teacher conferences are designed to create an opportunity for the families and the teachers to talk. Most conferences are scheduled for 15 minute time blocks. You may be nervous or unsure what your role is during this event. Not knowing what to say, what to ask for, what your role is and the idea that it’s only 15 minutes can be unnerving and stressful.   I have been both the teacher and the parent at these meetings. I have been in your shoes. I have gathered my most favorite questions for you to a...

Thankful for 3 Types of People

Thankful for 3 Types of People At Who’s Learning Now, weI believe strongly that positive collaborative TEAMS are the true foundation to a child’s education. This week of Thanksgiving there is a lot to be Thankful for.  Today (and everyday) We are grateful for you, these TEAM members!! You, the Student.  Our kids, our students have been through a lot. They have given their best, taken risks, gone outside of their comfort zone to learn new things. They’ve done what’s asked of them and rose to the challenge. In good times and in tough days, our kids showed up!!! Thank you! You, the Parent.  Be thankful for yourself. You have been challenged, learned new things and done the very best you could, every day!! Thank you for that!! You know your ...

5 Tips to Prepare for a School Holiday Break

5 Things to do Before, During and After a School Holiday We made it through the Fall. Transitioning from summer vibes back into the routine of school. Adding routines around bedtimes and wake ups, homework, sports and activities. I’ve heard many families say, “it’s a lot.” Yes, I agree, it’s a lot. Especially when most of our kids have not had a typical school year for 2 years. Change is hard. Even harder when you aren’t used to do...