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Prayer of the Teacher

Not a Good Day “The directions say I am supposed to find fourteen adverbs in this story,” she said. “I only found three of them, two not’s and one very.” I was tired of this day and of this conversation, and inwardly I rolled my eyes. Of course, she would recall the words that always are adverbs and forget the… READ MORE

A Sweet Spring Treat

One of the best things about seasons is the excitement as a spent season rolls over into a brand-new one. While we all have favorites, spring is especially exciting with new life popping up everywhere. Who doesn’t feel their sprits rise with the return of the songbirds and the benevolence of the sunshine? It’s a great time to celebrate! We… READ MORE

Getting Along

“These girls are just not getting along. I think at one point each one has felt left-out or bullied. I don’t know how to help them!” worried a new first-grade teacher. “Teacher, they won’t let me play with them.” “They ran away when I came to play.” “I don’t have anyone to play with.” These are comments heard after recess.… READ MORE

The Curious Ones

Albert Einstein said, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” Clearly, Einstein had a good education; he was considered to be the most influential physicist of the 20th century. Yet as a child he was told by a teacher that he would never amount to anything. This unfortunate remark was made to a… READ MORE

A Review for Creative Writing Curriculum

Andrew and Jennifer Yoder’s curriculum is called Creative Writing: Sparkling Bits of Writing, and comes in two books. The first is recommended for grades 5-6 and the second for grades 7-8. How the Curriculum Developed The curriculum grew from Jen’s own creative writing classes at the school where Andrew still teaches. When Jen became a mother to their first child,… READ MORE

Getting Our Students Outside Every Day, Part 3

If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you may want to read them before reading this post. Part 1 looked at the differences between the way American parents and educators seem to view outdoor play for children in contrast to the way it is viewed within harsher climates such as the Scandinavian countries. Part 2 looks at the way… READ MORE

Getting Our Students Outside Every Day: Part 2

 If you have missed Part 1, you may want to read that before delving into this post. Within that post, we looked at the differences between the way American parents and educators seem to view outdoor play for children in contrast to the way it is viewed within harsher climates such as the Scandinavian countries. Using McGurk’s research in There’s… READ MORE

Beating the Blahs

February school days are their own kind of special. The holiday excitement has worn off, the days are still short and chill, and the school term is barely half-way done, with the second half stretching into the dim future. I sensed early in my teaching career that morale tended to drop to its lowest in February, and it became imperative… READ MORE

Behind the Mask

“Good morning…uh…uh…uh,” I said to the girl coming down the hall. Her mask was over her nose. Her hood covered her head so only her eyes peeked out. Who is the girl behind the mask? “Uh…uh…oh! Carla, it’s you,” I said as she got closer. We chuckled together. On another day, I greeted the girl going into the next-door classroom.… READ MORE

When You Think You’re Doing It All Wrong

If you’re on top of the world, this letter is not for you. Come back soon, on a day when you need it. Dear Teacher, I know you’re trying super hard. You started the school year with high hopes and good resolutions, but you’re feeling a little slumpy today, aren’t you? Maybe some of your systems didn’t work out, or… READ MORE