Worried About That Student on Your Class List? (Just remember these 5 things)

You don’t like what you are thinking. How you are feeling, They’re somebody’s kid. Someone’s world. But you can’t help it. Seeing her name on your class list has you worried. All you can think about are class disruptions, interrupted instruction and stand-offs. Please know that that doesn’t mean you’re a bad person. We’ve all […]

Back to School Season Have You Feeling a Bit Nervous? (Here’s Why You’re Going to Be Okay)

It’s okay. You’re not the only one who gets a little nervous when the back to school ads start rearing their head. I’ve been in education for more than two decades and I still get nervous this time of year. And I am pretty sure that we are not alone. In fact, I think we’re […]

That Kid at the Back! Scholar In Waiting, Now Scholar!

There is always a kid at the proverbial back, that one kid. The one who needs us most for a variety of reasons, maybe social, emotional, academic or human to human. There’s always one, sometimes, more than one, a lot more. That kid who makes us laugh, maybe shed tears of frustration at the emotional […]

Cultivating Aggression: Something We Should Never See on an Infant’s Daily Report

A recently published study in the Journal of Child Development, found that adults who express negative emotions towards infants or handle them in a rough manner may be causing significant and lasting psychological harm. The research study included 260 mothers and their children, from birth to 5, initially, and then continued for 30 years. A […]

3 Tips For Making Your Next Conference Your Best Yet

3 Tips For Making Your Next Conference Your Best Yet

How do you decide which sessions to attend when you go to a conference? Especially one that has amazing session at every time slot. It’s not easy and until last week, I had no plan. It’s not as if this is tragedy, but I can tell you that I left the most recent conference I […]


Sometimes it doesn’t take much. Hours of heavy lifting can be negated by a letter (eval rating), a look or an unmet expectation. A sculptor sees hourly progress. A writer, daily. But a teacher? Weeks may pass without even the hint of a step forward. And then what? Give up? Start over? Salvage? I admit […]


One afternoon, a week before the end of the past school year, I was washing my hands at the classroom sink.  When I was finished, I turned to walk to my desk.  Instead, I slipped on a pile of student backpacks left sprawled about on the floor and soon found myself sprawled out next to […]

Summer Learning Slide! What’s Up? or Down?

What Do You Think? Is summer learning loss real? Yes, no, maybe so, depending.  Is summer learning loss like walking up the slide? For a couple of years now, always the same. I’m on the preschool play area and I spot one or two kiddos walking up the slide. I gently remind to slide down the […]

Share! What Does It Really Mean?

Adults interrupt young children in a fraught struggle over a toy, by ordering “share”. The child drops the toy in tears and frustration, having learned that if you have something, you have to “share”? (AKA give up) Jacky Howell had an example in one of her training’s: Walking up to a woman, she looked into the other woman’s purse, […]

Risky Play for Young Children? Apparently There’s More Risk Without It!

Without a doubt, the photo at the beginning of this post would probably evoke a clenched-teeth, inward sucking of air by many parents. Risky play always does. But, in all fairness, it needs to be discussed, examined, and justified. This is especially important since it can help develop a child’s self-confidence, resilience, executive functioning, and […]