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 […]

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. […]

Ready for Preschool? Ready, Set, Yes or No?

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A rainy Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Memorial Day weekend 2019. Family reflection. If you are a preschool, kindergarten teacher, aide, parent, grandparent, everybody, this blog is for you! Never did I think I would round out my teaching career in preschool, but I did. The kids taught me so much, a world of hand washing, […]

Empty Classroom

The final day of another school year has quickly come and gone, and summer vacation is but a few hours old. The desks have been cleaned and stacked. The books have been packed away in cupboards. Student work has been taken down and handed back to kids to either take home or add to the […]

5 Ways to Make Your Read-alouds Work!

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Reading aloud to kids is an experience that almost everyone who has spent time with children has in common. Whether you’re a veteran teacher or a teenage babysitter, you’ve probably touched the magic that we create when we take the time to read with kids. I’ve had some amazing experiences as a parent and a […]

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