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Ability Does NOT = Zip Code!

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I have worked in schools that have been defined by a number of labels. High poverty, large percentage of free and reduced lunch, low income, those types of labels.

When those labels are used, although they shouldn’t, they tend to define a school, their students, and the parents.

Generalizations are made.

Well, you know, because the school is  high poverty, the free and reduced lunch percentage is high, and there are many low income families…READ MORE

“My Name is Idiot.”

 

My heart broke when I read the story of this  4 year old abused girl. When the officers asked her what her name was, she responded, “Idiot.” The other child living in the house said that she was called that in place of her name.READ MORE

Just Because Our Students Are Living in Poverty…

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Many times we allow stereotypes to rule our perceptions of others, whether it’s race, gender, or socioeconomic status. We allow these perceptions to cloud our judgment, and we make decisions based on these misconceptions. We believe if it is true of one, it is true of all. How unfair to the students who walk into our classrooms every day.

A child “living in poverty” seems to be a hot button issue right now, and rightly so. But how much do we let the fact that any of our students are living in poverty affect how we relate to them? How does the fact that our students are living in poverty, change the way we teach ALL of our students? READ MORE…

Kids on the Way to the Park: Is Joy Stifled in School?

 

There is a playground in my development.

kids in park

 

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…

Childhood, Where Art Thou? Why Can’t Kids Be Kids?

My girls are coming in with highlights in their hair.
Highlights!
I’m not even thinking about the damage coloring can do to one’s hair, it just seems to me to be one of those things you wait to do when you grow up.
You know. READ MORE...

 

 

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I Wish I Could Clone You: A Teacher’s Dream Child!

I have at least one every year.

That child  I wish I could clone.
The kid that is so sweet, respectful, polite, works hard, helpful, gets along with their peers, an absolute delight!

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Every Kid Needs a Champion: Rita’s Words and This Little Girl!

That quote inspires me.

This little girl handed me a paper with her Dad and Mom’s contact information on it. It had their home phone number, cell phone number,  job number, and email addresses. I said, “I already have this information. Why are they sending it to me again?” READ MORE…

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