Tag Archives: Education

Can I be in Love Already?

“My original fears about changing to a new grade quickly disappeared as I moved from a curriculum-centered to a STUDENT CENTERED classroom.” — Barbara Hanson, teacher at Willett School in Attleboro,  Massachusetts (Hanson, 1995). I’m welcoming my 14th year of … Continue reading

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If you must pick your nose, please do it in the bathroom …and then wash (both) hands.

I’m a kindergarten teacher. I’m in one classroom alll day long with 23 5yr-olds.  Here’s the common core math on that:  46 hands + 230 fingers = lots of soap and water. Read as, “I know how to support and … 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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I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.

This is why we became teachers; we are the lucky ones.

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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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Benefits of Risk Taking…Even on the Playground.

If you fall down, get back up. If you scrape your knee, get a Band-Aid.    Or don’t. Now go play like we used to do.

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30 Things To Do Before You Die (or just go ahead and do them today).

Coloring inside the lines is safe. Making the sky blue and the grass green meets all expectations. Being safe and following expectations provides security. But, sometimes you’ve got to take a risk and have some fun; I hear it’s the best way … Continue reading

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The best way to fall asleep

“Digital reading will completely take over.  It’s lightweight and it’s fantastic for sharing.  Over time it will take over.”  -Bill Gates I hope he’s wrong.

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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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I Make Enough. My Earnings are Directly Deposited, Every Single Day.

“We can certainly talk about the realities of the economy, debate the best method to evaluate effectiveness and discuss the drawbacks of unions. But anyone who characterizes teachers as overpaid is forgetting what we entrust them with each and every … Continue reading

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