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iPad App Review: Numbugs, Math App

iPad App Review: Numbugs, Math App

Numbugs is a cross platform app, which makes me happy since we are a cross-platform family. We have Samsung Galaxy phones and an iPad so cross functionality is critical for us. Numbugs is a fast-paced math app designed to help children strengthen their mental math skills. Frankly, it could probably be of good use to me as well to practice my own mental math! The hero’s name is Addy the Anteater. He has to keep … Read entire article »

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Should Math and Science Teachers Be Paid More?

Should Math and Science Teachers Be Paid More?

I spend a good deal of time interviewing and hiring teachers, which often leads me to wonder…Should math and science teachers be paid more than other content area teachers? Math and science are considered “hard to staff subjects”. I would also categorize Special Education teachers as hard to staff. In California, there has been a steady decline in enrollment at … Read entire article »

New School Year

New School Year

It’s amazing that it is already the start of a new school year! The summer has quickly come and gone, even faster for us this year as our son (Lil Pig) transitions to first grade at our local public school where this year, school begins mid-August and ends at the end of May. It is a time for transitions for … Read entire article »

Advice For Graduates

Advice For Graduates

Every year in May/June guest speakers and school administrators prepare a commencement speech that usually includes advice for graduates. As a school administrator, I’ve had the privilege of speaking at commencement and spent a great deal of time crafting what would make the most memorable impact. With this goal in mind, I came to three simple sentiments, which I would … Read entire article »

Should I Hold My Child Back Part 2

Should I Hold My Child Back Part 2

This is the time of year when some parents may be wondering: Should I hold my child back a grade? It is a difficult and challenging question for any parent to grapple with. Back in June, I wrote a post about retention, and it has been by far, the generated the most commentary, questions, and dialogue. I thought it would … Read entire article »

Ivy League School

Ivy League School

Have you ever wondered what’s the return on attending an Ivy League school? I certainly have. I considered it when a few of my high school friends ended up at Harvard, and I ended up at a “top-tier” public university. Nowadays, I consider it often, because I have my own kids and think about where they might end up attending … Read entire article »