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Math Rules!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on October 30th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Rule #1 for parents in math: NEVER again say, “I was never very good in math.” Especially never say in front of your child, “I was never very good in math, so I guess it’s no surprise that my child struggles, too.”

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Encouraging Homework Autonomy

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Web Connections on October 18th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

If you would rather not take on, or would like to relinquish, the role of “homework police” and your child’s school has a homework portal, you are set. By the time our children entered 6th grade, we set the parent portal preferences so that we were only notified if our kids missed assignments.

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Parents and School Project Boundaries

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on October 11th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

A teacher at a private school made no friends when she remarked at the science fair, “Wow, the parents certainly worked hard this year!” She had only spoken the truth. The stamps of parent involvement were all to obvious in the craftsmanship of models and complexity of analysis.

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The Homework Pen and Pencil Rules

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on October 3rd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

We once sent home a perfectly delightful logic puzzle for children to solve. It was one of those great, perfect tasks that could be approached with various levels of sophistication. You could solve it simply by drawing pictures. Or, at the opposite end of abstraction, you could develop an intricately beautiful formula. We asked the children to persevere—how far can you get with this problem? Don’t worry about the answer, we’ll have fun with this tomorrow.

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