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Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
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Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
5:01 pm
Are these charges normal when buying tires?

$77/per tire (total: $308)
$12.95/per tire for computer balancing (total: $51.80)
$3.95/per tire for valve stems (total: $15.80)
$2/per tire for disposal (total: $8.00)
$20.24 in taxes
$59.80 in nontaxable
Total cost: $403.84

Online, I can get the same tires for $282 including shipping, but of course not including installation.

I'm frustrated because the tire store is giving me the run around, offering me tires that I don't want after I spent the time to research these specific tires. I need the tire place for the installation, but I don't like the service I am getting.
Thursday, September 10th, 2009
8:56 pm
Open House
I just got home from my 4th Open House (don't you love those 14 hour days at school). I teach fourth grade and our school (a 4-6 school with 6 sections of each grade) has one Open House night. It is always crowded and overwhelming, but I really want it to go better next year so I need some help.
I have the same issue each year- parents who want to know how their child is doing or parents who want a conference, not a quick greeting.

First off, there is not enough time to tell 24 kids' parents how they're doing (the open house only lasts an hour).

Second, I don't know the kids well (today was the 9th day of school- I'm still figuring out how they're doing).

Third, it is not a very private time to discuss any issues I have noticed or that parents want to discuss (mostly behavioral, or IEP issues).

I have tried to be proactive and tell parents to call me, or email me, or set up a time to meet with me early in the year, not at Open House. I have tried in the moment to say I would love to discuss it further, but I need to set up a different time. None of it works.

I end up with a huge line of people waiting to talk to me, impatient students, and none of these conversations going the way I planned.

What strategies do you use to make your Open House work well?
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