Category Archives: Education

But you don’t look that old on the outside?

Old souls and young souls. Sometimes they are housed in bodies that disguise their true age. Wisdom talks through wrinkles.  Wisdom shines through the toothless grins of those fearless five-year-olds inside every kindergarten classroom. There’s a quote that speaks of wisdom on the … Continue reading

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I Don’t Need a Sticker.

It’s nothing new; it’s good old-fashioned common sense. “Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck in decades of research on achievement and success—a simple idea that makes all the difference.” The book is an … Continue reading

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(Please Don’t) just sit down and shut up.

“In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.” …read the rest of the story here.

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What would they do if the teacher didn’t show up??

A classic ‘How To’ book for teachers, The First Days of School, is the book I refer to as my classroom compass. The author, Harry Wong, stresses the value in teaching and modeling routines and procedures from day one (and day two, and day … Continue reading

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We Have no Mittens.

It’s a snow day  a 2hour delay day in upstate NY.  I’m still I my jammies. The Today show, Pinterest, and FB keep me company this morning. Yes, I enjoy this bonus day at home. Yes, I miss those 5-yr old coworkers. Especially on … Continue reading

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It’s because of you.

“If kids come to us [educators/teachers] from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” – Barbara Colorose

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Learning to change the subject.

“The aim is to unleash teachers — and their students — to design learning experiences that are applied, integrated, situated, expeditionary, and alternatively assessed. When we learn — really learn — we transform the content, the self, and the social … Continue reading

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Please Dont Help My Kids – Alameda, CA Patch

“Children need to be challenged and pushed, not to the point where they give up but to the point where they think, “Wow, look at me go!” – Robert John Meehan   Related articles Please Don’t Help My Kids – … Continue reading

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My Job is Simple.

My job is simple. I work Monday through Friday. September – June. No nights. No weekends. No holidays. My job is simple. I teach kindergarten.  I work with five-year olds. Ask them what my job is…they will tell you: “It’s … Continue reading

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Reading. Writing. Socializing.

Katie says “…I accept every child where they are. I do not spend a moment blaming their home life, their preschool teacher, their environment, etc…. There is no sense in blaming or wishing they were any different. That just wastes time … Continue reading

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