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 […]

Crumpled

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 […]

Therapy

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 […]

Should Teachers Wear Jeans?

Moving Day, Saturday June 8, 2019. Boxes and Teachers wearing Jeans, what a combo.  Let me say this, about that. Should Teachers wear jeans every day? Hmmm. Hot topic. Never thought much about it. I never knew this is such a big topic for teachers. I read a great We Are Teachers article by Kristy Louden on […]

Where Is Differentiation? Schools Are Still Forcing Square Pegs Into Round Holes

When I was still Director of Cherry Preschool, a parent whose child was a total delight in preschool shared a very sad story with me. When her child started kindergarten in public school, he was tested and found to be lacking the skills that would make him a reader by the end of kindergarten, a […]

Summer Reading Fest For Kids

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Springing Into Summer, Memorial Day Weekend, 2019. Now this is a summer reading fest for kids! Summer Reading Fest For Kids Are you ready for the best ever summer reading staycation? Afterall, reading is the best adventure imaginable, don’t you agree? I recently read a Scholastic survey figure that really shook me to the core. […]