The “Q”: The Question of the Week

As a teacher, what are the nicest things your students to have said to you? About 15 years ago, I had a student who was very bright and very determined. We reconnected a few years ago. He said, “What I remember from the very first day as a freshman in your class was that you […]

What Things can a Student do to Make a Teacher Feel Appreciated?

This Week’s Question: Teachers, what things can a student do to make you feel appreciated? It’s not tough. Show up on time. Be ready to learn. Do the reading. Do the homework. Ask intelligent questions. Be interested in the subject. Here’s the deal – as teachers, we are not looking at our students as potential […]

Why Do Teachers Like Times New Roman?

I’ve written a few answers for Quora. Here you go.  Why do my teachers expect essays to be typed in 12-point font in Times New Roman? It’s the standard. One, a 12 point TNR paper, double spaced with one inch margins is 250 words/ page. Two, when we receive a paper in 12 point TNR, […]

One Morning in a Mosque in America

In the Muslim world, the weekend of 27 January 2017 was impressively evil. Der Drumpfenfuhrer proclaimed a travel ban on Muslims into the United States. “It’ll make America safer,” they say. A mosque in Texas was burned to the ground hours later. “It might be a hate crime,” they say. A mosque in Quebec City […]

7 Tips for Great Parent-Teacher Conferences

It’s early fall, and in most school districts, that means parent-teacher conferences are on tap. Little about education fills a parent with trepidation like parent-teacher conferences. Conferences are a stressful time for everyone; teachers, administrators, parents, and students. Do you want to minimize the stress, and maximize the good efforts of everyone involved with conferences? […]

Get Your Butt to Class!

Many Dads Roundtable parents are in the midst of the “kid holds up the date and new grade placard” back-to school photo season. It’s become a wistful tradition and a great keepsake. For parents of a few 7th through 9th graders, the photos might also serve as a grim reminder of the horrors of their […]

Bacteria. With Apologies to Dr. Seuss

Bacteria are bad things, most people think. They make people sick and they make roadkill stink. They give you bad breath and they make garbage rot. They give you your ulcer and they make green your snot. The tetanus toxin’s particularly evil It’s made muscles rigid since past times primeval. Pneumonia’s a bug that’s certainly […]

Mathematics, with apologies to Dr. Seuss

Everyone’s some kind of mathematician.  It does you no good to be sittin’ and wishin’ That numbers be forever banned from your kitchen. They’re fuzzy and friendly, they’ll do you no harm. You need them, like puppies, they’re loaded with charm. Let’s go to the garage and look in your car. Without knowing some numbers, […]

Understanding Common Core

It appears that I have touched on an hot topic when I posted my view of Common Core. Thank you for all who have shared and passed along my post. Allow me to apologize for neglecting the fact that this is a world-wide site.  I apologize to those of you who are not familiar with […]

The Case for Common Core

I work in education so I hear a lot about Common Core.  I currently work with the Registrar, and while I don’t teach yet, I recently received my teacher certification for PreK-4th grade. When I help parents register their students for school, the first question I get is “Do you follow Common Core here?”  This […]