Book Chats

Tweet It’s fun to chat with others about books and stories you read.  That was proven yet again last night when our book group got together for dinner, drinks and discussion around our summer reading book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  We talked about our favorite characters and the traits they possess, we talked about […]

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Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Tweet It’s a procedure on airplanes that attendents review each time passengers board the aircraft:  In case of emergency, put your oxygen mask on first and then assist those around you.   The idea is that if you take care of yourself first, you will be better able to care for your child or another passenger that […]

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Bringing the Joy Back to Reading

Tweet I used to be the kid who got lost in dozens of books in the summertime.  I used any time or place I could to open up my latest Judy Blume or Babysitters Club book: backyard, beach, bedroom, a visit to Gramma’s, the waiting room at the doctor’s office…  I loved to read, to […]

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Square Peg, Round Hole

Tweet You’ve heard this saying before, right?  “You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole.”  In other words, if something doesn’t fit right, don’t force it!  Yet that’s what we do too often in education.  Yikes! I’ve been reading The Shut Down Learner by Richard Selznick (Sentient Publications, 2009) and I am fascinated […]

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Rewards and Incentives

Tweet Earlier this week I wrote a post called Reward Not! It was prompted by my getting multiple catalogs filled with colorful pages of those small, useless toys bought by teachers who keep them in their classrooms for rewards and prizes.  In the same time frame, I was reading Drive by Daniel Pink.  In this […]

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Make Me a Guru

Tweet In the second section of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert travels to India to study the discipline of Yoga.  Early on in the section she takes the time to explain some of the important words used (that we can tend to take for granted). “The word Guru is  composed of two Sanskrit syllables.  […]

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Guts and Love

Tweet I was reading excerpts that I had bookmarked in (@Thanks2Teachers) Richard Lakin’s Teaching as an Act of Love last night.  There is one story that I keep going back to.  It’s called “Sagging Up” in Math Class. It’s about how Richard takes on two math classes of 5th and 6th grade students who are […]

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The Importance of Collegiality

Tweet This past Wednesday, I went out with 8 other women, all but one are teachers , to an Italian restaurant to enjoy some great food and discuss the book we are reading together in our online book group .  It was an amazing time!  We dined, wined, smiled, laughed and dined some more… and […]

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Don't Let Your Cheese Get Moldy

Tweet In his parable, Who Moved My Cheese? (G.P.Putnam’s Sons, 1998), Spencer Johnson exposes many human behaviors as four characters (two mice and two Littlepeople) live in a maze searching daily for their cheese.  Cheese is used as a metaphor for things we work for, need, and desire in life.   It makes us happy. The […]

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