Tag: communication

A Case For Cursive

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

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Imagine for a moment a visit to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. As you and your children meander through the Rotunda of the National Archives Building, you follow the majority of the visitors to view the great Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. When you reach them and your eyes are finally upon those glorious, patriotic documents with their elegant lines of artistic penmanship, you glance over to see your sixth grade student staring vacantly.  Read more →

Lending Library: Family And Student Success For The New School Year

By: Tracey Matthews, Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement Supervisor
Contributing Writer: Nicole Galler, Knox County Schools Family and Community Engagement University of Tennessee Intern

         

Welcome to a new school year! With the start of a new school year come opportunities to learn new things, strengthen family bonds and create great memories, and the Knox County Schools can help!

The Family and Community Engagement Department and Family Resource Center are pleased to provide tools to support families and student success. Among the many services we offer, the Lending Library provides a way to access sources of knowledge, resources and a system of support free of charge. Topics in the Lending Library that can support your family include positive child rearing, understanding teen behavior, communicating with each other and others. Read more →

An Interview With The Superintendent

 

This month, Knoxville Parent sat down with Knox County Schools Superintendent, Jim McIntyre, to talk about the school system’s past and future strategic plans, the challenges to and opportunities for successful implementation of these plans, and how public education can be an effective spring board for knox County’s students, as they prepare for their futures. Read more →

Helping Your Student Avoid The 3rd Quarter Slump

Helping Your Student Avoid The 3rd Quarter Slump

By Sedonna Prater, Director, Curriculum and Instruction for the Knoxville Diocese Catholic Schools

 

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Typically after the holidays and the frenzied buying of frantic Christmas shoppers, retailers prepare for a decline in sales. The reasons for the commercial “winter slump” are fairly predictable: lack of new merchandise, shopper fatigue, and depletion in shopper discretionary resources (money). Students and educators can also go through a “slump” during the first part of the second semester. While many people approach the new year with bright new resolutions, within a few weeks, these resolutions are often forgotten or abandoned. Failed resolutions can cause a sense of sadness and if coupled with a touch of seasonal blues, depression. Similar to the pre- holiday euphoria is the post-holiday let-down. The stage is set for a slump. Read more →

Issue with your teacher? Take an active approach

By Kathryn Rea Smith, PH.D.


KSmithMay2013When my children were small, they depended on me to solve their problems. I had to “act” for them and be their advocate and voice. Now that they are older, I expect them to be “active” in handling some of their problems themselves. For parents, facilitating the journey from dependence to independence requires ongoing assessment of the child’s developmental level and skill. Parents need to determine when children are developmentally ready to take on more responsibility, and then ensure they have the skills to be successful. One important responsibility children need to assume when ready is to be active in talking to teachers on their own. Read more →