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

What NOT to Post

As promised from yesterday, today I will share about how teachers can lose their jobs due to off-campus conduct and speech. Doesn't sound fair, does it? I can do whatever I want on "my time." It's nobody's business but my own. Apparently that isn't so in the eyes of the law....more

I wish my daughter’s daycare teacher would smile every once in a while

Let me preface this by saying I really like my daughter’s daycare. Its got a great reputation, it meets or exceeds all the New York State standards for daycare facilities, and Emmy seems to trust her teachers and enjoy the company of her classmates. But would it kill her head teacher to smile every once in a while?...more
@victorias_view Yes, and we never know. She may have problems at home, be under financial ...more

Racism, Not Math

  Look at this................ If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?” read one math problem. Another question read, “Each tree had 56 oranges....more