I’ve Been Teaching Again!

Heroes, I’ve been doing something really neat for the last several months: teaching again! Specifically, I’m working for a company called VIPKID. I teach Chinese children how to speak English. Do I speak Chinese myself? Nope. Not yet. I’m going to start learning Mandarin shortly though. (I have plans.) Because VIPKID is an immersion program, […]

Underachievement Can Be SO Frustrating

So. I haven’t written here in…years. This is because of 2 reasons. One is administrative. Google didn’t like the way I had links structured and they de-listed the blog until I fixed it. Going through a thousand posts and fixing links? Not really fun. It took a good deal of the wind out of the […]

Benefits of Parents Reading to Children (Beyond the Child’s Performance)

Benefits of parents reading to their children beyond the child’s performance Every parent would like to see their children grow up as smart individuals with a good dose of common sense. Your choice of school and education route will reflect how much you support your child and want them to have the best start in […]

Building a Better Student: The Death of Ego

There comes a time as a parent when you transition from coddler and cheerleader to adult life coach. That means you become a messenger, bearing news from the real world. It catches many young people by surprise, and the fallout can be intense. A friend of mine – we’ll call her Patty – is a […]

Building a Better Student: Standard Candle

How do you measure the distance to a star that’s millions of light years away? Astronomers sometimes use a form of measurement that relies on the brightness (or luminosity) of particular types of stars. It’s known as a standard candle. The whole system relies on trusting that some stars will behave exactly the way similar […]

Building a Better Student: Rich and Famous

For whatever reason we’re entertained by surveys, and when the subject matter is kids we’re entertained even more. (Kids and puppies always make for guaranteed interest, right?) We’re suckers for the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Maybe we want to see if kids are interested in our own […]