Turn the Page

Say: “Turn to page 23. Look at the picture. Read the words. What do you think?” (Wait for responses. Wait 20 seconds. Students should say that they see a truck driving over a cliff). Say: “Good thinking. The truck is speeding toward a cliff, and the driver cannot stop it.” Say: “Turn the page.” Canned, […]

What Does Community Engagement Look Like?

As the Northern Hemisphere returns to school, school staff should reflect on the ways in which they have interacted with parents/carers and the community at large in the first half of the year.  As the Southern Hemisphere plans to return to school over the next few weeks, school staff would do well to reflect on […]

On Celebrating a Milestone Birthday!

I was born on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 15th. I always figured that, in part gave birth to my strong social conscience. It certainly has been a guiding force in how and why I dedicated my life to teaching and learning with others, all ages, stages, needs and gifts. In particular, teaching scholars-in-waiting […]

Allergies

My allergies were really acting up the last day before Christmas Break. I tried my best to stifle the sneezes and to fight away the itchiness of my eyes. But I was a dribbling, spraying mess all morning. My students continued to invade my personal space. They moved in on me and surrounded me in […]

Happy New Year and Decade, 2020 Love!

What the world needs now is love! Thanks, Santa, I have the best present ever. Did Elf tell you? Happy New Year 2020, May this year be a love fest for everybody, everywhere. I know we can heal the world with love, optimism and joy! My last decade started with final years of my beloved […]

The One Big Lesson We (Hopefully) All Learned in 2019

  Have you ever been scammed, hoodwinked, or bamboozled? If you have, the good news is that beyond the loss, embarrassment, and pain, there’s a valuable upside to being exploited – especially at an early age. I’m reminded of a vulnerable student who was victimized at age eight. He was clowning in class, and his […]

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

It all starts with Santa. Simple as that. Getting ready for Santa means embracing our inner child, remembering simpler times with eyes glowing in anticipation. For this moment, let’s savor bliss such as looking at colorful outdoor lights, wearing silly sweaters, reading a treasured book, listening to seasonal music, baking, enjoying those and so many […]

Feliz Navidad! Tex-Mex, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Armando’s Story, may our joyous hearts savor a fine tale. Sweeter than sweet! Dulces and regalos (gifts) too! Have a grand time reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. This super fun Tex -Mex version, was Armando’s Story, told to us December 24, 2003, on a snowy night in our historic cabin house, past Placerville, California, in […]

Filled with Great Thanksgiving

There was not enough counter space for all the food brought in for the staff Thanksgiving luncheon. So, the many delicacies were transported to the library and displayed atop the smaller bookcases and a few central tables. Turkeys and hams covered one bookcase. On another, a fine display of casseroles and salads were arranged. A […]

Everything for All

At the end of the last day before Thanksgiving Break, as I shuffled the kids out of the classroom, “Kevin” turned around and said to me, “I want to switch homerooms. I don’t like this class.” He paused and then he added, “And I don’t like you.” I locked up my door thinking, “Well, that […]

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