Melissa

Tweet You worked on building a relationship with your kid’s teacher, and they’re still having problems at school. Maybe they’re behavioral, maybe academic, but it just feels off. You’ve met with the teacher, maybe the principal, and they’re not giving you clear steps or a plan that they’re putting in place to help your kid. […]

Why Does My Kid Hate Math?

by Melissa on October 18, 2010

Tweet Isn’t it kind of nuts how you notice that the older you get, the more you feel like you’re turning into your mom? I don’t feel like we’re alike, but whenever we’re somewhere and someone new meets us, they’re always, like, “You guys could be twins!” It’s not because we look that much alike, […]

Tweet Jennifer Bollero is Tandem Teaching’s new favorite find. In her own words, she is “an attorney, arbitrator, mediator and loving mother of an autistic daughter.” Her beautiful article, 8 steps to Better IEP Meetings: Play Hearts, Not Poker, has more tips and sound advice than you can find in many books heralded by leading […]

Breaking News!

by Melissa on October 4, 2010

Tweet This weekend was a weekend of celebrations! On Saturday, as Patrick, Queenie, Megan, and Edmund (our amazingly talented illustrator) gathered around my dining room table, you would not believe how big our smiles were. After months of hard work, our e-book has finally been completed! Megan had it printed out, and there was much laughter […]

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 […]

Tweet The emails and phone calls I received from clients and friends after last week’s post  inspired me. Many of you were worried about the fact that sometimes children over-associate with them, and assume their challenges are the same as the ones they see their parents struggle with. Throughout my years of teaching, I’ve begun […]

Tweet When I was growing up, mom had this book called “Let’s Make a Memory!” Looking back on it, it’s hard to tell why we didn’t love that book. It was filled with different activities that were authentic, engaging, and developmentally appropriate. But I can distinctly remember when we heard mom call out, “Guys! Let’s […]

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 Dear Administrators, We here at Tandem Teaching would like to share with you our feelings on technology in the classroom and what you can do to ensure this happens with ease. In response to leadership day 2010 forum hosted by Mcleod we choose to write you a letter.We love the idea of using technology to […]

Tweet Teenagers invited over for a sleepover on Wish Avenue were often surprised by the unconventional way my ma chose to wake us up. At about 9 o’clock in the morning, she’d  turn the vacuum on high and place it on the Spanish tile right outside the door to our bedrooom. When we’d stumble out of bed to turn it off, we’d often […]