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Touching the octopus and other acts of bravery

Yesterday was another hard day. Our one child is in a tailspin, presumably because things are very bad at home, and brings to our peaceful little classroom a tornado of terror, rage, and stress. The three adults are barely coping, and it feels terrible. Read More...

it is hard to be an angry, stressed-out preschooler

Little One is struggling, and we are struggling right along with her. For about two weeks now, she has gone way backward in terms of her behavior. She comes in sad, or manically happy, which soon veers into tears or yelling. She desperately wants the Read More...

either I’m very lucky or I’m some sort of genius

On Friday we had a visitor who was there to observe one of my students, who is being assessed for possible special ed services. She sat during centers time and watched and took notes. The art center was full of kids making ants out of black paper and Read More...

all the ways in which I suck as a teacher

Monday rolls around, and I often don’t have my lesson planning done, so I have to wing it. I don’t keep changing the centers activities to match our theme; it’s so much work and I don’t have the time. Okay, sometimes I do. But not nearly enough. Sometimes Read More...

the coming week

Tomorrow I will try to get up early and get to work early, because I have lots to prepare. We are done with Under the Sea (almost — I forgot to give everyone a real shark tooth to take home, so we will probably read a shark book at story time and then Read More...