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what does why mean?

Today Crow hit a little girl at the beginning of the morning, at journal time. It came out of nowhere. I put him in the take-a-break chair. “Crow, did you hit her?” He nodded. “Why did you hit her?” He looked blank and nodded again. I started to think, Read More...

your bounciness wears me out, honey

I have a darling child in my class — let’s call him Roo, after the bouncy joey in the Winnie the Pooh books — who has suddenly become a joyful little tornado. He was never like this until about a month or two ago, and now he cannot stop moving. If he Read More...

I don’t like being caboose

My students line up in ABC order, so the line is very predictable. So that we won’t always have the same kid at the front, and the kid whose name starts with Q or W or Z won’t always be at the back, I have a line leader and a “caboose.” This week’s caboose Read More...

pumpkin’s communication issues

So I saw Pumpkin’s early childhood screening, and it was very interesting. To the question, “which is bigger, a house or a ball?” he answered, “ball.” (He does that fairly frequently — he repeats the last thing you said if he doesn’t otherwise know what Read More...

Sixteen boys and four girls!

Yes, that is my class count. I checked out the list today on my first official day of work and started laughing when I figured that out. Sixteen boys. Yikes. Um, did I mention, my class has SIXTEEN BOYS?! I have to hope that if some students don’t show Read More...

Boys, boys, boys

A few months ago, while at a lesson waiting on my kid, I started chatting with another parent. He told me all about his son’s ADHD, and commented that “women teachers just don’t know how to teach boys.” I’ve been thinking about that ever since. A few Read More...