Elbow, knees, dreams

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thinking big

Our children are away at camp, so last night my husband and I had a Wednesday date for dinner and a movie (“Crazy, Stupid, Love” — highly recommended). At dinner, he said, “Do you have any goals for this coming school year?” And with that, I was off. 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...

What shall we learn?, continued

This is the first card I’ve got posted above my meeting area blackboard. Here’s what I do to help the children meet these goals: Copy/print own name: The children are expected to sign in every day. Some of them could write their names already, but others Read More...

teachers and time

So I’m reading this Atlantic Monthly article about “What Makes a Good Teacher,” and thinking about the finding that good teachers spend a lot of time preparing for their classes. And each morning lately I have had trouble getting through everything I Read More...