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An Update on My Current Situation

Tuesday, September 01, 2015      25 comments

Tuesday afternoon, August 31, 2015, a letter was hand delivered to me from my school district. There was no knock on the door; it was simply put underneath the front door of my apartment. I have been placed on administrative leave with pay... Read more

Full Disclosure

Thursday, August 27, 2015      24 comments

I have been dealing with a professional "hiccup" for the past 4 months. Some background: In the interests of holding teachers more accountable, the teacher evaluation rubric has been revamped in New Jersey. Each district could choose a system... Read more

Dear Teachers

Monday, August 24, 2015      12 comments

A friend of mine, well, okay, my husband, and he IS a friend, showed this to me today. It made me weepy. That could have been the result of the anesthesia still in my system(I had a minor back procedure done today and all is well) OR it touche... Read more

The Little Red House

Sunday, August 23, 2015      14 comments

This is a favorite story of mine and never fails to impress young children who aren't in on the "secret"! There was once upon a time a little boy named John who was tired of all his toys and tired of all his picture books and tired of all h... Read more

A Letter to The Editor

Saturday, August 22, 2015      15 comments

I was away last week visiting my sister. It was wonderful!! While I was there, The New York Times ran an article about severe teacher shortages in certain areas of the USA. There've been several responses, but this one, in particular, had res... Read more

An Educational System

Thursday, August 13, 2015      9 comments

"An educational system isn't worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living, but doesn't teach them how to make a life." Art Music Socialization (especially in the lower grades) Play Home Ec. Wood Shop Phys E... Read more

Reading

Wednesday, August 12, 2015      10 comments

"From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened, you discover that you have wings." - Helen Hayes I was extremely fortunate in that I had both a mother and a father who lov... Read more

Our Children

Tuesday, August 11, 2015      6 comments

Our children are living messages we send to a time and place we will never see.... Read more

The Blueberry Story

Monday, August 10, 2015      8 comments

The Blueberry Story: The teacher gives the businessman a lesson “If I ran my business the way you people operate your schools, I wouldn’t be in business very long!” I stood before an auditorium filled with outraged teachers w... Read more

The Important Thing

Sunday, August 09, 2015      6 comments

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn." John Lubbock... Read more

Keep A Kind Heart

Saturday, August 08, 2015      9 comments

One of the things I do as a classroom teacher is I read aloud to my students. I do this two different ways. One, I use a wide variety of picture books to help expose the students to good, quality fiction and also non fiction. Two, I read alou... Read more

The Paradoxical Commandments

Friday, August 07, 2015      9 comments

This is dedicated to every teacher. Print it out and read it when things get rough this year. emoticon The... Read more

Teaching Is Not A Job

Thursday, August 06, 2015      13 comments

I have heard this from many a teacher, "Teaching is not a job, it is a calling." "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...but the world may be differen... Read more

The Typical Elementary Teacher's Classroom

Wednesday, August 05, 2015      17 comments

Teachers are a wise and crafty bunch. We are continuously told that we need to have a wide variety of books and materials for the children to work with, and yet we are never provided with these materials. I cherish a walk through observation f... Read more

Perspective

Tuesday, August 04, 2015      10 comments

More to think about today: If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 25 people in his office all at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, ... Read more


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