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PostPosted: October 1st, 2008, 10:24 am 
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Are you an experienced elementary school teacher or education specialist? I'm working on an article entitled "School Resolutions" and am seeking an educator to provide expert commentary. The piece, which is scheduled to run during the new year period, will address how parents can best help kids who may be struggling in school turn over a new leaf academically when classes resume after the holiday break. Please email me off-site if you are willing and able to answer the following questions:

* In your opinion, is the new year a good time for a kid who may be struggling in school to make a fresh start, or is it too late?

* How have testing schedules affected your curriculum in terms of timing? For instance, is it true that teaching and learning have to get more aggressive in January and onwards, because the specter of testing is looming closer?

* Based on your experience in the classroom, what factors determine whether a student who doesn't start off the year on a strong footing is able to turn things around? Do you have a particularly strong memory of a student in your class who managed to do just that?

* How can parents help their children recognize problem areas in school that they need to work on? What is a good way to talk to a child about setting academic resolutions? (Are rewards helpful or harmful? How can parents and kids figure out what goals are reasonable?)

* Finally, what is your full name and title, how long have you been teaching and where, and what grade levels/subjects have you taught?

Thanks!


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