Lessons Learned from Students + The Science of Fatherhood

Kim Bearden, author of Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me.
Topic:
Advice from a master teacher and educator on what works and what doesn’t in schools.
Issues: Tools master teachers use to connect with students in a way that motivates and inspires them; innovative ways to increase student engagement inside and outside the classroom, promote rigor, and create a climate and culture for optimal learning.

Paul Raeburn, author of Do Fathers Matter?
Topic:
What science tells us about the parent we’ve overlooked.
Issues: What do fathers do? The father’s important role in child children’s life from conception through the teen years; how being a father (or father-to-be) actually rewires men’s brains; What we need to do to support and encourage fathers.

Raising Independent Children + Life Lessons from Teaching + Extraordinary Kids

[amazon asin=1607743507&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Alanna Levine, author of Raising a Self-Reliant Child.
Topic:
A back-to-basics parenting plan from birth to age six.
Issues: Instilling independence in our children from the start; healthy sleep habits; self-discipline; potty training; conflicts with siblings and friends; problem solving and decision making; the dangers of praising too much.

[amazon asin=0743272404&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Philip Done, author of 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny.
Topic:
Life Lessons from Teaching
Issues: Connecting what happens in the classroom to the universal truths around us; the delight of learning something for the first time; the value of making a difference

[amazon asin=B004LQ0HW0&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Rafe Esquith, author of Lighting Their Fires.
Topic:
Raising extraordinary children in a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up world.
Issues: Tools to guide your children to success in school and in life; how arming your children with a few simple tools (punctuality, selflessness, patience, for example), can turn them into extraordinary students and extraordinary people.

Kids Need the Same Teacher + Timeless Parenting Skills

[amazon asin=1105105040&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: David Marshak, author of Kids Need the Same Teacher for More than One Year.
Topic: The most humane innovation to improve education for your children.
Issues: Why having your child in a classroom with the same teacher for at least two years leads to higher academic achievement, more efficient use of school time, more positive social and emotional learning, more enthusiasm for learning; stronger and more-friendly relationships between you and your child’s teacher.


[amazon asin=1400048109&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Jeffrey Lee, author of Catch a Fish.
Topic: 21 timeless skills every child should know and any parent can teach.
Issues: Can knowing how to fold a paper airplane make you a better parent? How parents can teach their children what they really want to learn. Activities ranging from the practical to the frivolous that every mom and dad can teach (and learn if you don’t already know how).

Continuous Teaching + Connecting with Your Kids + Army Family Programs + “Spouse Calls” Columnist + Young Military Journalists

[amazon asin=1105105040&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: David Marshak, author of Kids Need the Same Teacher for More than One Year.
Topic: The most humane innovation to improve education for your children.
Issues: Why having your child in a classroom with the same teacher for at least two years leads to higher academic achievement, more efficient use of school time, more positive social and emotional learning, more enthusiasm for learning; stronger and more-friendly relationships between you and your child’s teacher.


[amazon asin=1400048109&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Jeffrey Lee, author of Catch a Fish.
Topic: 21 timeless skills every child should know and any parent can teach.
Issues: Can knowing how to fold a paper airplane make you a better parent? How parents can teach their children what they really want to learn. Activities ranging from the practical to the frivolous that every mom and dad can teach (and learn if you don’t already know how).


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The Homework Trap + Helping Your Kids without Freaking Out

[amazon asin=061557680X&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Kenneth Goldberg, author of The Homework Trap.
Topic: How to save the sanity of parents, students, and teachers.
Issues: The science behind homework difficulties; what homework looks like from the student’s perspective; understanding the reasons behind children’s homework problems; why the suggestions and solutions you’ve been offering may be doing more harm than good.


[amazon asin=098399000X&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Neil McNerney, author of Home Work.
Topic: How to help your child without freaking out.
Issues: Recognizing your personal strengths (and weaknesses) and using harnessing them; identifying the individual ways your child deals with homework and other stressors; learning to use three powerful leadership techniques to help your child achieve success.

Bad adult behavior: apparently it’s contagious

Back in grade school I was a regular in the principal’s office–probably got sent there at least once a week. And more often than not, the principal would lean me over the desk and paddle my butt with a large wooden racquet. Those were different times (I guess) and most people would agree that a principal hitting a child with a paddle is child abuse.

So what is it when a teacher and teacher’s aid at a Houston school lock 3- and 4-year old children in a dark closet for acting up in class (in one case, the punishment was for laughing in class)? And not just any closet. Apparently these clever educators told the kids that there was a monster in the closet.

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