I’m Ba-ack!

This post is an explanation of my absence, and a preview to anticipated changes over the next several months.  Read on…

It has been a while since I’ve posted anything.  A few days ago, when I tried to enter a new post, I discovered it had disappeared.  All I could think about was years’ worth of data down the tubes.  Quite a bit of activity involving this site occurred during the past several months, it turns out, which collectively resulted in the site “going away” temporarily.  No, I didn’t miss any payments; and no, I didn’t accidentally wreck it myself. Here’s what happened.

Recently, this site was to be updated by someone, a professional site developer and marketing person who also happens to be a relative. Instead of being updated, the site was basically destroyed.  My suspicion is that the updater was less familiar with the site configuration than she believed herself to be.  Unfortunately, she did not want to admit this and made the classic “young person’s” mistake of not backing up the site before “updating” it.  I was afraid I would need to start all over again.  However, between WordPress and GoDaddy (where I host this site), enough backup information was available from the last successful post on this site that everything was restored.  (Hooray for WordPress and GoDaddy!!)  From now on, all changes will be done by me, regardless of my limited computing skills. Both companies offer plenty of resources and certified web site developers that, if I get frustrated, professional help is available.

Another reason for no activity here: a month or two ago, a serious illness knocked the wind out of my sails, leaving me unable to work much on the computer at all, much less at almost anything else.  Although I still have more “off” days than “on” ones, I’ve made the decision to concentrate on my blogs and the distribution of information related to education, and stop worrying about consulting.  There will be some changes to the way the site looks as well as the way the site operates.  However, the information will be as up to date as possible, and I hope to reach not only education professionals, but also parents and other professionals who work with children.  Features I hope to add include webinars and recorded videos targeted at learning problems and behavioral issues.  There will be guest blogging professionals, both in text and visual media.  Links to related reading and other materials and resources will be increased for your convenience.  These changes will take place gradually, so don’t expect everything at once.  As I said, I’m no longer a professional computing person, and it will take some time to get everything up to speed.  But updating this site will be as much a learning experience for me as a way to share what I know, especially about special education and behavioral issues.

So please bear with me as this site gradually develops into something more useful to all of us.  Thanks for your patience with me and support for the posts to date.  Without your readership, this blog would have folded long ago.

Watch for the changes!

Mostly, watch for my next posts that might be important to you and your students or offspring.

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Five Hot Homework Tips for Parents | ED.gov Blog

Parents,

It is never too late to help your child learn good study habits. Homework, although sometimes a challenge, is part of the learning process and depends on a child practicing skills learned in the classroom. Studies have shown that homework and school grades go hand in hand. The more time quality time spent on homework, the better the grades. Note the emphasis on quality over quantity. Your child does not have to spend a lot of time for the homework to be effective; the child simply needs good study skills.

Check out “Homeroom“–the blog site for the U.S. Department of Education.  Explore more than this one post, though. There is a lot of good information that can help your child succeed with flying colors!

For additional information on parent engagement, take a look at this site, aptly named “Parent and Family Engagement.

Teachers, make sure your students know how, what, and where to study for optimal performance.  Practice of good study skills leads to faster learning and homework preparation. All kids want to learn to save time on their homework. Show them how.

Can’t do a direct link? Here are the URLs.

The Homework post:  http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/01/five-hot-homework-tips-for-parents/

Homeroom blog site:  http://www.ed.gov/blog/

Parent Engagement site:  http://www.ed.gov/parent-and-family-engagement

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Making the Most of Connected Educator Month | Edutopia

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan declared it; Edutopia is following up in full force. Find out about how Edutopia can help you get the most our of Connected Educator Month!

Making the Most of Connected Educator Month | Edutopia.

URL: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/connected-educator-month-suzie-boss

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