Overindulgent Parents, Underachieving Children

As a teacher, I have always believed that our mission transcends the task of simply transmitting knowledge, and calls upon us to give children the means to succeed in life. I also believe that we should not limit ourselves to teaching our students the standard curriculum in Math, Science, and English, but should also give them the tools to be effective parents themselves when the time comes.

Regrettably, no one teaches us how to be parents, and when the time comes, we often confront the challenge by improvising and learning on the job from our repeated mistakes. As parents, we often go to one extreme or the other: We become overprotective of our children or give them too little protection. This leads to some kids being shielded from all their responsibilities and being unable to do anything on their own, and others being left to fend for themselves in the absence of any supervision. Good parenting requires us to strike a balance between protecting them and letting them discover the world on their own.

One of the major problems that I have encountered as a teacher is that of overindulgent parents, who—in their desire to protect their children—keep them in their comfort zone; this ends up sabotaging their academic achievement. I know from experience that there are some parents who often do their children’s homework, and other academic work because the youngsters are unable to understand the concepts in the work sent home by the teachers for further study. Worse still, since the teachers are under the impression that the students have already mastered the concepts, they do not schedule any further review of the topic. This does not help our students; it has the opposite effect because it encourages irresponsibility and deceit. These habits will, in the long run, end up hindering the chances of academic success.

Several research studies show that there is a link between overindulgent parents and deviant behaviors such as drug use, underage drinking, pregnant teens and affective disorders.

As teachers, we must contend with the myriad of excuses that parents give to explain why their children did not do their homework; some excuses are very creative, but most are very run-of-the-mill. Parents often make excuses to explain their children’s absence from class—such as medical appointments, family illness, unavoidable social gatherings.  Parents should understand that by doing this they are not helping their children, on the contrary, they are hurting their children’s development. Every kid must learn to take responsibility for his own assignments.

Excuses are for losers

There is a proven recipe for success that I would like to share with you:
Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. Arnold H. Glasow


10 Rules for Raising Delinquent Children

Honor Roll Students / Don’t stop dreaming

Dear Students:

I am very proud to recognize the outstanding student academic achievement in the last six weeks.

Congratulations to every hard-working student on these lists. This is an honor and a personal accomplishment. If it is any indication of the effort you will put into life, you will be successful in all you do. You should indeed be proud of your work!

Parents, please join us in celebrating our honor roll students for the 1st six weeks evaluation.

I am so very proud of you and your accomplishments, but don’t forget that the work has just begun, and this is not the time to relax or get comfortable. Now is the time to take this momentum and build on your success.

May your future be as bright as the smiles you wear now and remember to be proud of yourself because we, your teachers and the school administration, already are.

Mrs. Garcia

“Never stop dreaming, 
never stop believing, 
never give up, 
never stop trying, and 
never stop learning.” 

Roy T. Bennett

CBA 2 Quick Review Problems

Next Monday we will have the Curriculum-Based Assessment 2 (CBA 2). The test is based on the Math 7th curriculum that you are mastering in this six weeks period. The CBA is a powerful tool for testing and measuring student progress, identifying students at risk for failing state tests and identifying skill deficits to be addressed through interventions to increase student learning performance.

It is very important that the teacher knows the strengths and weaknesses of their students to help them to be successful academically. This assessment is just one of the ways to collect data to meet LISD goals.

You can practice solving by yourself the following questions. Work each problem by yourself.  Write the solution to each problem step by step. If you have any doubt about how to solve any question, please see the solution in the presentation.

I am also assigning you a similar homework via your JunoEd/Jupiter account (extra points).

CBA2 Step by Step Solution

Notice to All Students


 – Leave the excuses at the door.

– If you did not do your homework, just admit it.

– If you did not understand the assignment, ask for help.

– If you did not study for the test, then accept the grade and resolve to do better next time

(with the teacher’s help if necessary).

– If you refuse to follow the class rules, then accept the consequences.

The rules are not open for discussion or debate.
The teacher is here for one reason and one reason only:





Author Anonymous


Today’s Assignment

Solve the following questions:   Proportions in Real Life

Lesson Frame
The problem of the Day

 We will APPLY SIMILARITY in real-world situations.

I will EXPLAIN to my partner in some ways that PROPORTIONS  are used in my home.

SF01       Scale_Drawing

SF02       Scale_Factor

PP05      Proportions word problems and equations

SF04       Shadow

SF05       Similar Figures_Missing Side

PP43      Distance – Rate – Time Word Problems.

PP50      Car_Math

Help Topics



 Create and solve your own problem by applying proportions in real life situation.

Word problem Writing Template

My own problem

Problem Solving Format

Essential Questions
Observation, Self-graded quizzes, and Journal
How do I represent and/or solve real-world and mathematical problems using rates, ratios, and/or percents?
Discount, Tax, Percent of change, Proportional rates, cross-products, proportions, equivalent ratios, solving a proportion


Shadows Math from Ms Garcia on Vimeo.
Ratio Tables


The ten commandments

Recently in the Sunday sermon, the priest commented that today’s society gives little importance to the Ten Commandments. I think it’s something that we should all reflect on to have a full and happy life.


I’m going to tell you a little story that I heard from my mom a few years ago. A friend of hers was pregnant out of wedlock, and her friends recommended abortion and even helped her get an abortifacient medication. Only Mom advised her not to do it.  Mom told her, All lives are sacred. Do not do something that you will regret all your life. Many years later, her friend commented to my mother, “Your advice was the best I ever received in life. After my husband died, I became ill with diabetes, and I can hardly take care of myself. Of all my children, the only one who has sympathized with me and taken care of me and cares for me is precisely the one I intended to abort. Every time she comes in the morning smiling to hug me and ask me how I spent the night, tears come to me just thinking of that big mistake that I was about to commit when I wanted to kill her, still in the womb. She and her children are my reason for living, and they are the ones who give me the strength to continue fighting every day with my ills.

In modern society, abortion is allowed; supposedly it is a decision of the mother. But what God asks of us is to respect life from the moment of conception. Never make that great mistake of wanting to abort a child.


For several years I was a teacher in another school, and I still have a great friendship with many of the teachers and staff. Through them, I hear the following story: “A teacher of that school passed away, and one of the administrators, taking advantage of the confusion, stole several dozen iPads that had been sheltered by the dead teacher, who used them in their classes. Two of the iPads were given to their children; the rest were sold crossing the border with Mexico. When the administrator’s wife saw that her children had two stolen iPads, she returned the iPads to the school and apologized for the facts. He told his friends that she had never passed a bigger shame, but that she could not be an accomplice to a robbery or let the loss of those computers be attributed to the dead teacher; that her conscience would not allow it.” When God tells us not to steal, he says it with absolute certainty. We should never steal. Even if there is an opportunity for men never to know about the theft, in the eyes of God we are committing a severe fault.


The administrator mentioned above divorced his wife and married another woman, with whom he’d allegedly had relations of several years. It is a clear case of adultery, which is also forbidden by God, who asks us always to respect the sanctity of marriage.

You must select very well the person whom you are going to marry and be faithful. In a divorce, all are affected, and the ones who suffer the most are usually the children. Divorce causes much psychological and emotional damage, even after more than 25 years.


One of the most prevalent problems in our society is the consumption of drugs. Drug consumption causes significant harm to families and those who consume them by destroying their relationship with their loved ones and inciting them to commit crimes, turning them into shadows of their former selves, enslaved to a vice that slowly destroys them. Although the real cost of drug use is known to us, politicians, students, and even professors who use drugs have been campaigning to legalize them for the economic benefits for those who market them. But do not be deceived. Even if the drug consumption becomes legal, it is still wrong in the eyes of God, and we are offending him if we consume them.


God also asks us not to lie. Although we often hear politicians and other authorities blatantly lying, we should avoid doing it ourselves because it causes great harm to others.

Many people today easily give false testimony without regard to the lives and credibility that they destroy by doing so. In our schools, it occurs with some frequency, even in some cases instigated by school authorities, who behave in an unfair and cowardly manner. Last year we learned of a teacher who committed suicide because of a lie. This was verified by investigators when they confronted the person who said it. There have also been several cases of teachers defamed unfairly, who had to stop teaching due to slander.

Betraying people who love you is one of the most detestable acts committed by human beings. That’s why I always advise my students to never lie. No one should build their lives based on lies; it is like cancer that will end up destroying you. Even if the affected persons never knew who slandered them, God always listens to our words, and we offend him with word and deed when we slander others.

Don’t Miss Class!

A quality education can only be obtained through daily student attendance, which will always be enforced.
Dr. Sylvia G. Rios
LISD Superintendent of Schools


Too many absences excused or unexcused
can keep students from succeeding in school and in life.

A serious attendance problem often begins with a few unexcused absences.

All the research studies carried out show that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance,

Every day counts!

There is no substitute for being present.

Student Code of Conduct – Laredo Independent School District

“For any class missed, the teacher must assign the student make-up work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.”

“The student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher.”

“A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.”

In my teaching blog, you can find the explanations of all the topics of the math 7th program. There are also hundreds of videos with ready-made lessons and more than 1000 interactive quizzes with extensive practice questions to practice the different type problems corresponding to math 7th.

In the winter season, it is common for some students to become ill and miss class. Taking this into account, in October, November, and December, we will cover the theoretical part of all the topics that we will study in the winter season.

If any of you get sick and cannot attend class, please let me know and I will indicate the topics and videos you should study in my blog, and the corresponding the interactive worksheets, drills, and exercises you should do. If you have any additional questions I will gladly answer them via Skype.

The Lesson of the Butterfly


By Paulo Coelho

A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too large to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.
The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled.
The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away. Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shrivelled wings, incapable of flight.
What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.
Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the next obstacle to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to fight the next battle and never manages to fly off to their destiny.
(Adapted from a story sent in by Sonaira D’Avila)