Teacher Appreciation Week – Part I

This week is officially Teacher Appreciation Week. Why they save it for the end of the school year, I don't know. Maybe it's because they figure that teachers are reaching the ends of their rapidly fraying ropes trying to get their students through end of year testing. They've been putting up with these little angels … Continue reading Teacher Appreciation Week – Part I

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Change of Plans

This post was written in a time when I was still a counselor working in a first grade classroom. Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the blog post that I had originally planned to post today is being preempted. Today's post was going to be about the first grade class that I observe and … Continue reading Change of Plans

Lesson

I hadn't been out of school long when I decided to fall for one of my best friends. Thing is, she and I hadn't really been great friends for very long. To be honest, she kind of got on my nerves. But isn't that always how it is? No? Sometimes, though... You've gotta give me … Continue reading Lesson

Why the Letter X Is Unnecessary

I've been working in elementary schools for a little over four years now. During those years, I've spent a lot of my time in kindergarten. This has allowed me to reflect on our alphabet. Not that I haven't spent time thinking about my ABC's from time to time. After all, I do enjoy to write … Continue reading Why the Letter X Is Unnecessary

Show Your Work!

It was a command that I'm sure most of us heard when we were growing up. Educators teaching math love to say it as they assign homework or pass out quizzes and exams. I heard them say, "Show your work!" so many times that I imagined math teachers would shout their mantra from the rooftops. … Continue reading Show Your Work!