Ask A Teacher (Parent Edition): My Child Won’t Speak To Me. Why?

Now, I’m going to go out on a limb here on this one, and assume you mean more than what appears to be usual teenage “angst”. By “angst”, what I actually mean is that your children, when they reach a certain age, need to start forming relationships with people that aren’t their parents. This is … Continue reading Ask A Teacher (Parent Edition): My Child Won’t Speak To Me. Why?

Ask A Teacher (Student Edition): I Received A Bad Result On My Report Card, But I Worked Really Hard. I’m Scared My Parents Will Be Angry.

Personally, as a teacher, I regularly make phone calls home to students who have worked really hard to achieve their result, even if their hard work is not reflective of their result. I do this for two reasons: We place a lot of demand on what students should be achieving. However, a "C" actually means that you're performing … Continue reading Ask A Teacher (Student Edition): I Received A Bad Result On My Report Card, But I Worked Really Hard. I’m Scared My Parents Will Be Angry.

Ask A Teacher (Student Edition): I’m In Grade 12 And Everyone Says This Is Make-Or-Break. Is it?

No. It’s not. What everyone should be telling you is this: If you want to go to uni, in particular, doing well in senior (Grades 11 and 12 for non-Australians out there) is important because of several reasons: It makes it easier to get into the course you want It means that you’re more likely … Continue reading Ask A Teacher (Student Edition): I’m In Grade 12 And Everyone Says This Is Make-Or-Break. Is it?

Ask A Teacher (Parent Edition): My child is being cyberbullied. I told them to not go on social media. Is this the right thing?

Not really. I can understand your desire to protect your child – after all, if they’re being bullied on social media, the problem is solved if they don’t have social media, right? Except, it doesn’t protect them, or stop the bullying: The only thing this achieves is that you effectively dismiss your child’s concerns about … Continue reading Ask A Teacher (Parent Edition): My child is being cyberbullied. I told them to not go on social media. Is this the right thing?

The Friendship Break-up: Why Did It Hurt You So Much (Part 2)?

Okay, so maybe the emotional side didn’t move you, or maybe you’re just reading this because you’re curious or maybe just because it’s the next damn post. Regardless, let’s explore the other reasons as to why ‘the friendship breakup’ affected me so much. I was incredibly sick. I mean, I couldn’t get out of bed … Continue reading The Friendship Break-up: Why Did It Hurt You So Much (Part 2)?