Get Mad – But Not at the Schools

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Tweet Have you seen this yet?  It’s a letter sent to parents by Ellen Best-Laimit, the interim principal of Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., and four kindergarten teachers stating that due to “more rigorous learning standards,” an end of the year kindergarten play is to be cancelled.  (You may be interested in reading […]

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Inspire Yourself

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Tweet Every so often you need to do something for yourself: go out for drinks with an old friend, sit on the beach with a good book or even just carve out 30 minutes to watch a show on the couch in your PJs with no interruptions.  (Those are three of my favorites!) With the […]

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Classroom Design: A Little Like Barnes & Noble

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Tweet The layout and design of any space can impact the mood and productivity for the individuals intended to use the area. Prior to becoming a teacher, I studied interior design at Michigan State University for three years. I have come to learn how critical ergonomics and aesthetics can be when designing a space, especially […]

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Inspiring Futures

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Tweet I think I speak for a lot of teachers when I say that I chose this career because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.  I love seeing children’s faces light up when they start to understand a concept, but even more, I love seeing past students and learning that my teaching […]

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To Be a Teacher – Reflections Near Mothers’ Day

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Tweet This past summer, fall and winter my family went through a lot as we struggled with some family issues.  My daughter, after a long state of despair, was diagnosed with PANDAS.  It put our family in a spin, but thankfully, I can say with confidence, that with the right treatment, she has recovered.  We […]

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How to Inspire Creative Thinking in the Classroom

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Tweet Advocates of education reform have long complained that our schools, from pre-K to secondary, systematically stifle creativity in students. Sir Ken Robinson’s famous 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” is a favorite among many educators. Notwithstanding the obligatory arts classes that are part of most curricula, much of the criticism about schools and […]

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Everyone Has a Backstory

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Tweet Be it out in the open, or shut behind closed doors, We all have a story – one that defines who we are how we behave the choices we make. When I looked inside one child’s story the other day I saw sadness and grief. And in another’s there was loneliness And another’s revealed […]

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What’s Your Haiku Moment?

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Tweet Haiku is a short poetic form that seems simple, but can be very difficult to write if you want to stay true to the art form.  I have a limited knowledge of the true essence of haiku, but, like many teachers, tend to use it as a go-to form of poetry that students can […]

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Retreat Registration is Open

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Tweet I. Love. April.  It is truly my favorite month to be a teacher.  (April 1st is probably the only first-of-the-month that I find myself totally prepared for…did I just admit that?)  Not only is it about the daffodils and spring, the warm sun and the new, green grass, it’s because it is both Jazz […]

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