Thoughtfulness Thursday: What did she do?

My first grader came home from school yesterday full of excitement for two things: a boy likes her and... her teacher got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from someone.I (being inquisitive... snoopy) asked, "Whom did she get them from?" My little did not know. And then her imagination sprang to life.Maybe she got them from someone she gave a ride to.Maybe she got them from a lady she helped at the store.Maybe someone was out of town and she watered their plants....more

"I Can't Do My Homework Because We Have Termites," and Other Lies My Son Told

So then…I open an email from Tucker’s 6th grade teacher that says: “Dear Mrs. Perdu: Tucker did not have his homework today; he told me this was because there was a termite infestation at home. I told him he needed to ask you to write a note explaining the situation, but he said that his family did not believe in writing notes. However, since our homework policy is not to accept late work, I would appreciate a note or an e-mail when unusual situations occur so that Tucker can receive full credit....more
Last December, my 5th grader told his teacher he was unable to complete his homework because his ...more

Teacher I Didn't Know Is a Hero

As a teenager who really loves literature, I was always confident; that includes giving my comments to others. Every comment was always right; or so I thought?...more

School shootings are different now...

When I first heard about the Newton shooting today, I was in my end-of-the-day prep period. I was done teaching for the day, and I stared in disbelief at the news rolling in on my Google+ newsfeed. At first, I thought it was just another school shooting. (It's sad that I can label anything "just another school shooting.") Then, I comprehended that it was an elementary school shooting where innocent children were killed by a father. ...more

Any job.....

  Today's prompt is about careers. If I were instantly qualified, what job would I do. When I was young, like in 6-9th grade, I wanted to be a trial lawyer. When I was in high school, I wanted to be in politics. I declared my major, as a freshman in college. Psychology. I promptly changed it my second semester to Italian with a minor in Political Science. Now my career was going to be working in U.N. as an interpreter....more

Learning about Pumpkins

Both our sons love science. I swear our oldest has the documentary Planet Earthmemorized. They have been putting up with my FREE Teacher Resource projects that have been a heavy load of literacy and handwriting skill building. So when I told them this week we were going to focus on science, they were all smiles.This week’s FREE Teacher Resource unit is Pumpkins. ...more

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Preschool Stories: Snot

I am ironically the only preschool teacher that has an issue with snot. Apparently I am also the only teacher that is not grossed out by everything else. If there is a bug in the class, I have to escort it outside. If there is projectile vomit onto a classmate’s lunch, I fight the infected food away from him and clean the mess. I’m quick. I’m efficient. I seldom  make  squeaky noises. Unless there’s snot....more

Be Somebody

I’ve known there’s a book in me since the fourth grade. That’s when my teacher, Miss Smith, removed her cat-eyed glasses and used them to point at me.             “Dana, this is excellent writing.”             She came toward me, my homework bunched in her hand. Knelt beside my desk and smoothed the pages. As she underlined various words and phrases with her pointer finger, I inhaled her fragrance—flowers and fruit. Strawberries maybe....more
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Your Daily Reading: “Living Wide Awake” Be Your Own Teacher 3-8-12

The success you want in your career is available provided you’re wise and apply your business skills and mastery with responsibility in leadership roles.Being stubborn is restricting and likely making your life intense and unproductive.This is a time to cut your losses and move on, rather than be “stuck” in a situation, waiting for developments.Opposing Energies: resistance, stubbornness, uncooperative, thoughtlessnessWaiting is a non-action and produces no outcome....more