The Big Talk

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Talking to your children about sex. No parent wants to do it. If it was between that and a root canal, you wouldn’t believe how many parents would consider a trip to the dentist. Parents don’t want to think that their sons & daughters are interested in sex and kids may worry that parents will think they are perverts for asking questions.

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The Son & Sun End of Summer Round-Up (aka What I Learned This Summer)

Oh, hey!

How I’ve missed y’all! And since summer is a not-so-distant memory, here’s a Son & Sun style round-up list.

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1. Latch by Disclosure (ft. Sam Smith) and West Coast by Lana Del Rey were my summer JAAAAAMS! And they’re still not stale and old for me.  Of course you are welcome to disagree but, seriously, why would you??

2. When I say tablet, I mean something different from what everyone else does. I’m mean the one you write in with a pen or pencil. And everyone else…well, you know.

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The Sharp Point

by Deej Sharp

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A Teacher’s Take on Technology
It is undeniable that technology has changed the way students learn, and in turn it has changed the world of education as a whole. Textbook companies now offer online textbooks, individual teachers have websites where students can find the class notes for the day, and even some elementary school students take online courses rather than going to a traditional school.

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But Is It Fun, Though?
by Deej Sharp

Well-meaning friends with no background in education love to offer me professional advice. My favorite is the ever reoccurring, “But have you tried to make learning fun?” My sarcastic instincts want to answer, “Of course not! I love boring my students to absolute tears – beat them over the head with the rubber hose of boredom, actually.” But I don’t answer that way, because that would be un-Christian of me.

But now, in the tradition of stating the obvious, I want to remind you parents out there – who already know a thing or two about teaching – to make summer learning fun. Here are some quick and dirty tips to keep in mind when looking for activities to involve your child in:

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We Love It Wednesday–On A Thursday!

Helloooo Friends!

I realized that the We Love It Wednesday series has fallen off. Not cool! With the addition of my new social media job, I haven’t quite figured out the best way to balance things. But I’m hanging in there!

And, of course I still love stuff. Apparently, I’m just not writing about it (ugh!). SO…here are a few things that my family is excited about or looking forward to this week.

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The Sharp Point

by Deej Sharp

Recommended Reading List – High School

You might notice that my summer reading lists are thin on the classics side, and favor more contemporary books. Here is my reasoning: Summer reading lists should help cultivate a love of reading – we want students to look forward to cracking open a good book. There will be plenty of opportunities to read and analyze classics when school is in. Let’s use the summer to pour over some the contemporary classics that have been written in the last century.

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The Family Get Right — Update

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So, ugh…the Family Get Right isn’t all that I had hoped it would be. There. I said it out loud.

We haven’t walked. Or hiked. And I’m still not working out. You know what? Change is hard! Don’t be judgmental (say I to my internal voice)!

But, all is not lost.

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Recommended Summer Reading List – Grades 6-8

by Deej Sharp 

Next week, I’ll have my high school list. Which I am insanely excited about.

  1. The Giver by Louis Lowry – Jonas’ world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.
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