Back to School

Tweet I met with a mother a few days ago to discuss how her daughter was progressing. Her daughter had been “diagnosed” with ADHD and an auditory processing disorder. Her previous school was making weekly (sometimes daily!) phone calls to report on the “problem child.” That mother seemed to be carrying the weight of the […]

Tweet Has your kid ever come home, tears welling up in their eyes, holding out a test they failed, feeling totally bewildered as to why they failed it? Have you felt baffled, knowing they knew the material inside and out, wondering why they couldn’t perform? Many people suffer from test anxiety, and man oh man […]

The Case for Charter Schools

by Patrick on September 7, 2010

Tweet About every week a parent asks me, “What’s a charter school?” A charter school is a public school that is autonomous from the school district. They were started in the 1991 and 1992 in order to reform public schools. The problem Ray Budde saw was that schools were becoming increasingly homogeneous. Kids all over […]

Tweet Dear Moms, By now you should be in the full swing of things and we at Tandem Teaching know that you are executing our back to school tips and tricks with ease and precision, right? For some of you yes, but for others you’re proabably thinking, I really do need some help.  Lets see, are […]

Getting Your Kid Talking

by Patrick on August 24, 2010

Tweet The other day I was visiting a friend’s house whose child was notorious for being tight lipped about school. Her mother had just told me the other day how impossible it was to get her child to divulge the well guarded secrets of her day. Well in five minutes of talking to the kid […]

Tweet As the school year is approaching it is very important that you, as a parent, know exactly what type of environment you are sending your child into. We know that you are deeply concerned about giving your child the best educational opportunity, and making sure their school year is very successful. But it’s not […]

Tweet As a woman you work, or have a business, and its so easy for you to find time for everything and everyone else except for yourself. As a mom, you work so hard to make sure that you are giving your child(ren) what they need, but its time to take a moment for yourself.  This […]

Tweet Now, Patrick and I don’t usually disagree about things. But if you’ve gotten the chance to listen to Tandem Teaching’s  free course on How to Get Your Child (and Yourself) Ready to Go Back To School, you know we didn’t exactly see eye to eye on the whole school lunch thing. Finding ways to make […]

Tweet “Kiddos, I had to bring a friend to the airport at mindnight last night so I’m giving you a heads-up. Today, my patience isn’t what it usually is because I’m super tired,” I announced to twenty secondgraders. “Let’s do what we can to make this a really smooth day.” I’ve probably started the day […]

Tweet The other day I was at CPK and my waiter had something that most people have lost. He had a-mazing customer service skills. I mean he was fully present, helpful, willing to admit his mistake and made my overall experience a joyful one. Needless to say, I left him a $15 tip, a lot […]