What the IEP and ESL Have in Common

With a Little Moxie...more

Interview With The Phantom Tollbooth Author Norton Juster

The reason why the Phantom Tollbooth appeals to children is the same reason why the construction of the book appeals to adults. In both cases, it's a tale of the unexpected, the unpredictable, the fact that anything can happen. Milo walks into his room and finds a mystery gift. He starts playing with it and lands himself in an incredible adventure. What child didn't walk into their room every day after reading the book with the knowledge that anything could happen? (Isn't that an enormous thought -- both the good reality and bad reality of the statement.) ...more
I loved this book as a child. It just completely captured my imagination. I re-read it earlier ...more

Tuesday Talk: The IEP

Probably right around the time you are taking your first sip of your deliciously powerful morning cuppa home-brewed goodness, I will be sitting cross-legged on the floor with our Regional Center Counselor and our program thereapist (s). We're likely to be gazing at Moxie who will likely be scoot-scatting here and there, doing her Moxie-full bits of charming play. ...more

The Recovering Perfectionist


A conclusion is the place where you get tired of thinking. Arthur Bloch

It’s one of those days.Days I’m just too tired. I can’t think of what to write, so I’m going to do that thing that I learned to do with kids…I might send them toOne Word and get them thinking about one word and writing about it for sixty seconds.Or how about something more ambitious..Write for Ten is another good short writing place. I have enjoyed taking students there and they enjoy it more than the ancient art of putting pencil to paper....more

Fine Tuning and Attitude

Fine Tuning an Attitude  Discipline doesn't break a child's spirit half as often as the lack of it breaks a parent's heart.  ~Unknown ...more

First Do No Harm

My post for today, First Do No Harm - My Hippocratic Oath for Teachers http://teachfromtheheart.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/first-do-no-harm/...more

Hey! That's My Kid You're Talking About!

Here's the link to my post for 11/15. I just didn't get it posted before midnight. http://teachfromtheheart.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/hey-thats-my-kid-youre-talking-about/...more

Defining An "Asian F" In My Family

If you haven't heard of the term "Asian F", let me give you the background. If you're familiar with the show Glee, there's a part during one of the episodes when one of the young men (an Asian) walks into Glee practice to inform his group that he could no longer be a part of the group. The reason? His father said he had to quit Glee club since he got a 99 on one of his tests. ...more
@mamawolfe thank you for your comments! I, too, agree that it is important to develop the ...more

Make Reading Fun

Reading is the gateway to the world of information and creativity.  There are many ways we can help our children develop a love of reading right from the beginning, and to keep their interest as they progress. Most research on reading agrees that the most important part is how the child FEELS about reading, and positive reinforcement and association really helps....more