I put together a short presentation that sums up a little of my experience in France. We were able to see Paris, and learned a lot in Normandy. I was amazed how much traveling opened up my eyes to the world. Charlotte is such a tiny place and I learned so much about myself, the French culture, and meeting people that I never would have without this experience. Above all I expanded my knowledge about WW2 in such an incredible way. It's incredible the sacrifice our soldiers made to really save all of us from tyranny and hate. I have a whole new respect for our military and those that have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Check out my slideshow below and I hope all of you make an attempt to travel, anywhere! It truly helps you grow as a person and expand your knowledge of the world. I'd like to thank Normandy Allies and Prodigal Son for giving me this life-changing opportunity. -Nathaniel
My Trip to France
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Having more girl classmates may help boys and girls alike boost their reading skills, according to a new study in the Journal of School Effectiveness and School Improvement.
Finds http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2017/11/boys_read_better_when_there_ar.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2-rm&M=58274248&U=2545718 via @educationweek
This month’s post is from the Marshall Memos
(Originally titled “Parent-Teacher Conferences: Outdated or Underutilized?”)
“For some parents, teacher conferences are more like speed dating than substance,” says Sarah McKibben in this article in Education Update. Attendance at these conferences declines steadily as students move through the grades, from 89 percent in primary grades to 57 percent in high school according to one study, and many parents don’t believe they’re worth the trip. McKibben reports on some ideas for improvement:
“The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” old proverb.
When Teaching Gets Tough, by Allen N. Mendler discusses how important it is that we are all fully present— physically, emotionally, and behaviorally, and tuning out distractions unrelated to our work so that we are aware of what our students and parents are saying, thinking, and feeling. Great teachers have passion for the work of teaching and learning. We can see our colleagues who have the passion for the work of teaching and learning based on their students’ performance, work, actions, and behavior. Yes, the Prodigal Son Foundation has students with vast challenges that involve learning gaps, mental, social, and economic deficiencies. However, our staff members love what they do every day so that their knowledge and energy comes from their heart and soul that our students and parents can make the connections with each adult that they come in contact with.