Getting Started as a Professional Learning Community

So, I was kinda shocked to find out that my post about PLCs, which I thought no one would read, is my second most popular post of all-time.  (Yes, I know I’ve only written 16 posts, thank you very much.)  It seems teachers are really excited about PLCs, so I figured I’d write an update about my team.

For starters, there are three things you need to know. Continue reading

Mastering Math Facts (At Home)

I see parents as my partners in their children’s education.  The obvious reason is that parents are absolutely the most important people in their children’s lives.  They know their children better than anyone else, and they are an essential resource for information and problem solving.

And philosophically, I think it matters to kids when they see their parents and teachers working as a team, supporting them.  When I was a kid, my mom and my teachers were friends.  My mom was always involved — president of the PTA one year, making talent show sets the next — and school felt like an extension of home, a place where I belonged and was cared for.

There’s a practical component to this partnership, too. Continue reading