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 […]

Mindfulness and Justice Starts at Home

In the past, I often traveled for work leaving my family at home. I enjoyed being on the road. It felt free. I had a wide selection of meals prepared for me and the cleaning was always done. I could focus my attention on work, my brain, my needs. I loved my work so I […]

What Is Arts Integration?

To me, integrating the arts in education, using the arts as a vehicle for learning, is one of the most important educational goals for our time. The arts demonstrate, on one hand, the shared experience of humanity, and , on the other hand, the intricate, subtle traditions and arts human beings use to express their […]

Want the Best Trauma-Informed Care? Watch the Prequel

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I continue to be, at once, intensely interested and wholly distressed by the manifestation of early childhood stress, anxiety, and trauma. The signs and symptoms surround the caregivers in child care programs, but can either be misinterpreted, misunderstood, or ignored. I recently spoke at a national conference to a packed room of Head Start teachers, […]

Marie Kondo and Me, Teacher Appreciation Week SOS!

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Hopefully touching your hearts on Teacher Appreciation Week 2019! Just a lot of teaching stuff! I give up. SOS. Worst organizer, ever, and I’m moving again. Oh boy. Dearie me, I am a late bloomer as usual. I said feh until now about the crazy deal about organizing and tidying up. Morgan told me about […]

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