November 25, 2015

Dear Gaila,

How do you teach students when to write “it’s” vs. “its”?



Dear Jerry,

When I first teach my students about apostrophes I tell them that "an apostrophe appears when a letter has been popped out".

The case of it's and its is a spelling difference. My studen...

November 18, 2015

Dear Gaila,

I heard you set store by your silly songs - what exactly do you mean by that, and what does it accomplish?


Mother of 3 Young Children


Dear Mother of 3,


As a young mother (and now older grandmother!) I used to sing my children 'silly songs'. This tradition...

November 11, 2015

Dear Gaila,

We just made Aliyah this summer. Both my husband and I have a working, albeit limited, vocabulary in Hebrew. How much Hebrew should we speak to our children so they will be able to learn Hebrew and integrate into the school, yet retain their English?


November 4, 2015

Dear Gaila,


My 3rd grader won't do his homework. What's the big deal about it? Why do teachers give 

out homework?




Worn-out parents


Dear W.O.P.,


Been there done that! It is not easy to instill good habits in our children. However, homework is essential as the...

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