Writing my way through the school year!

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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…

Demonstrators Little, Cook and Jones hold signs while protesting against the death of black teenager Michael Brown, outside St Louis County Circuit Clerk building in Clayton

Demonstrators Aaron Little (R), Gianni Cook (C) and Troy Jones hold signs while protesting against the death of black teenager Michael Brown, outside St Louis County Circuit Clerk building in Clayton, Missouri August 12, 2014.(attribution to Reuters)

So will #trayvonmartin, #renishamcbride, and so many other unarmed  African-Americans who have been murdered.

Most of our students have probably been exposed to what has taken place in Ferguson the last few days. The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black male by a police officer.Some may be experiencing a number of emotions, anger, fear, anxiety, etc… READ MORE

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Saturday was our annual cookout. Fun, food, family, and friends! Good times.:)

As I was walking past the group on the deck, I noticed they were passing around a tablet.

When I asked what they were doing they replied that they were playing Scrabble.

I pointed to the table below, and yelled, “There’s a “real life” Scrabble game sitting on that table!”

They ignored me and continued to pass the tablet.

My 23 year old felt the need to remind me that this was 2014.READ MORE…

 

There is a playground in my development.

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During the summer, I have the pleasure of listening to children as they travel to the playground.

 

The excitement can’t be contained, talking, laughing, running!

 

“Come back!” “Don’t go too far!” “Wait!”, parents trying to contain them, understandably, not wanting them to go too far ahead.

 

The pure, unadulterated joy of going to the playground, of knowing what is a few feet ahead. The jungle gym, swings, seesaw, grass to run in! READ MORE…

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