Writing my way through the school year!

The decision in Ferguson saddened me. As a mom of two sons, it scares me. As an educator, it makes me realize that we have to empathize with the students sitting in our classrooms.

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Hey Man,
I address you as “man”. I will never call you “buddy”. I know you have heard parents say, “Hey buddy.” But I cannot do that to you. Throughout your life there will be too many people who will try to make you feel like you are less than a man. Too many who will treat you as though you are less than a man. I want you to know that you are a man.READ MORE...

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I am tired of receiving emails that ask me to attend meetings prepared with the data of the Formative Assessment of the Week.
Performance Task of the Month.
Benchmark Entries, common assessments, you get what I’m saying.READ MORE…

I give credit where credit is due.

I got the Reflection Survey idea from Pernille Ripp, founder of the Global Read Aloud which began October 6! Yeah!


I actually had my students take the survey at the beginning of October. It was interesting to see their responses to the questions I asked. The questions gave them a chance to reflect on the previous month.


When I read their responses, I was blown away by their honesty. I don’t know if the fact that I wrote, “An honest evaluation of yourself during the month of September. The key word is honest, I am not judging. No one reads this but me. I received responses from “Great” to “It hasn’t been that good.”READ MORE

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Yesterday was our first Mystery Skype of the year.
My class was hyped!
Earlier, I tested my webcam, and everything was in order.
It did cross my mind to contact the teacher and do a practice run, but that thought went out of my head as quickly as it went in. (Note to self:Always do a practice run!) READ MORE

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For those who don’t know, Global Read Aloud is when students and teachers all over the world, literally, read a book together for 6 weeks. It started small and has become huge, due to the hard work and original idea of Pernille Ripp. And of course, all the other teachers involved in putting this together.

I am going to make a confession.

I am not really in it for the connections. Gasp!

I’m sorry, but it’s true.

Do I make connections? Yes.

Do I enjoy the connections I make? Yes.

Am I connecting this year? Yes.

But that’s not what it’s about for me.READ MORE…

teacher_quotes-01It’s hard to believe that I have been teaching for 30 years. Actually, it’s been longer than that since a fresh-faced 20-year-old graduated from college,ready to begin a teaching career. Unfortunately, (or fortunately), 1980 was not a good year for teachers in NYC.  I couldn’t get a job in a public school for 4 years. Instead, I taught pre-K, Headstart, and kindergartner. READ MORE..

Every year, at the beginning of the school year, I send this form home. I ask my parents to fill it out in their interest of learning what they want from their child’s teacher. What can make this a great year for their child? I always get a handful back, read them, and try to be conscious of living up to reasonable requests throughout the school year. READ MORE…

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