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Nail Creative Writing Like a Pro

captureAfter having taught primary grades the English language for about 5 years, I have now taken a huge leap from there, to teaching grades 9 through 11. It has been an interesting couple of months to say the least.

Right of the bat, I saw some consistencies in the weak areas the children were facing, especially when it came to essay writing. While the initial weeks were more of a learning experience for me, I had the opportunity to critically evaluate the general writing quality of the children across each stage.

I came to a couple of very important conclusions, and tackling these will take center-fold precedence when the new term starts. In my lap right now, are a bunch of writing papers that I need to grade and it has been a painful process… I’ll tell you why in a bit.

I wanted to share my insights with you as parents will always be an important part of their children’s education, alternatively, your teen can read this post and see where that takes him or her.

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Summer Fun (mostly at home) for Kids

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imagesThe summer season is upon us, and so many of us face young energetic kids active from the second they wake up till the second they settle into bed. This is the time to really bond and have fun whilst simultaneously making the entire duration an educational experience for your precious little one. Here are a few random activities that require not much in terms of resources but can really capture their imagination and keep them preoccupied for some time.

1. DIY Stuff:

  • downloadMix paints and create colourful abstract art.
  • My kids love cross stitch, buy little kits from a supermarket and make fun deco for your home.
  • Elder kids may like to dye their clothes or paint on interesting quips on their t-shirts.
  • Young girls love making clothes for their dolls, provide them the material to experiment.
  • Make a scrap book and put in a memorable little memento for each…

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The Dread of the Final Exams

Exam DreadIt’s that part of the year again, the final exams fast approach, the scariest scrap of paper, you know the one- with boxes and dates and page numbers and chapter names, is handed over to you. For a second you don’t want it. Your heart rate increases, your mood takes a nose dive and a sinking feeling in your gut suspends you in time. As your body recovers, in the next couple of minutes you hold it scanning for the gaps in the dates and especially focus on the date of the first exam and with more fervor, the date of the last one. It’s seems like a life time away.

In the next few moments you know what you have to do. This is serious business and not a moment can be lost. You go into super-mom mode, a checklist has neatly been imprinted in your mind- you are now the ‘man with a plan’.

Get kids to show books for work completion….. check (or not, give a couple of slaps, condemn the kid)

Is it corrected…… check (or not, well better make an appointment and take the teacher to task)

Hassle the tuition teacher to get her priorities right…. check

Unleash hell on the whole household- EXAMS ARE UPON THE KIDS…. check

Does this sound familiar? Yes… I thought so too. Let’s focus for just one minute and assess the situation. Let’s analyse exactly how our response is going to yield any positive results shall we?  And then let’s talk about what we can do to help our already stressed and burnt out kids with their exams in a way that is productive and not stressful.

After the discussion there is handout that you can download and keep for easy reference if you feel this post has helped you in anyway.

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I Am A Teacher

4ab766c21921df310245ad5ddeaf625fTo you, the parent, I am just a person who teaches your child the stuff in the books. But I am much much more than that. You, the parents need to know, that I call your child, my child. I love him/her, I care for him/her.

I do not understand why you so often treat me like some sub standard bystander with just a passing interest. I can not fathom, that while I tirelessly make carefully laid out lessons plans in the dead of the night and the corresponding teaching materials, be it PowerPoint Presentations, charts, flash cards, and the tonnes of other things, while I invest in so much of that on my own dime, while I painstakingly go beyond my physical comfort hardly getting a moment to grab a glass of water, I still get blamed if the child fails to get an A Grade.

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Subtraction with Borrowing- The Struggle Ends Now

CaptureSome memories just stick like glue. I was sitting with a bunch of other girls on my group table. It was the second grade. The teacher had given us a piece of paper with some subtraction sums. As the girls around me fumbled and struggled with their fingers, I just subtracted the digits regardless of whether the lower ones were larger than the ones on top or not. I was feeling pretty darn proud of myself, having finished first in class. Which just made the blow even harder when the teacher’s red handiwork was presented to me on said piece of paper.

After that, I always struggled with borrowing. It was not until a couple of years later till I got somewhat proficient at it. Feeling deeply on this subject, I have made a presentation to help parents who are trying to get their kids to truly understand this concept, logically and thoroughly; especially since it is that time of the year!

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Stationery Haul- Is It a Thing?

stationery haulLet me explain, I have a makeup blog. I write reviews with swatches, give tips- that kind of thing. You can see it here:  www.yetmoremakeup.blogspot.com .

So I got to thinking, why not do a stationery haul? I mean I can’t be the only teacher out there that gets excited in a stationery shop? Am I? Even parents (if they are anything like me) enjoy it.

It so happened, my list had been growing longer and longer day by day. I wondered how long it could possibly grow. I needed to get this done and stop putting it off. Yesterday, my sister came to visit. She mentioned she was going to a store on her way home which was actually not far from my place. ‘This could be it,’ I thought. I asked her if the said shop had stationery, and I literally squealed with delight as she replied in the affirmative. So off I went on my adventure. At home as I was reveling in my joy over my colourful stash a crazy idea of sharing it (the haul, not the things) hit me. Initially I brushed it off, but my sister-in-law (who runs the makeup blog with me) said I should go ahead and do it. I for one, would certainly love to see what other teachers’ stationery buying expeditions are like.

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