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The Second Day is So Much Better

I did wake up with another migraine, but it went away and hasn’t come back. My morning crier came back, and true to his word, wasn’t scared, and didn’t cry at all. He even rode the bus to school with no troubles. My end-of-the-morning crier, on the other Read More...

the flaw in my brilliant plan

I believe that I am a very good teacher, and that classroom management (behavior, organization, community-building, routines, etc.) is one of my strengths. And that is largely true. I start off the year by teaching the children all of our routines, hold Read More...

So I think Angela Watson might just be a genius

For more than one reason, actually. She sent me a copy of her new book, Awakened , and it is absolutely terrific. I read it and felt like she was speaking to me personally. My review is coming soon. Today, however, I’m thinking Angela’s a genius because Read More...

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...

My uncluttering resolution for the new school year

I have followed the Unclutter blog off and on for a while, but recently when I saw her “workspace of the week” photos that featured a lovely kindergarten classroom , it occurred to me to use her search engine to see what she has to say about classroom Read More...

but what I really want to do is act

Okay, no. Joking. What I really want to do is teach teachers. I don’t want to get a PhD, however. I’d totally suck at writing a dissertation (I could never get an A in college on any paper that was longer than 12 pages — I lost control of the form at Read More...

morning meeting and calendar time

I thought I would post some pictures of the board in my meeting area, to show you how I’ve got it set up. Every morning after I greet the children (and they greet me) in English and Spanish, we sing our Good Morning song. “Good morning Annie, good morning Read More...

starting the school year off right

One word: ROUTINES. Seriously, teaching routines is one of the most important things we do at the beginning of the year. And not just any old routines, but routines you have spent a lot of time thinking about. Carefully thought-out routines for your classroom Read More...

teacher talents

I have been selected in a meme by Organized Chaos , on the things teachers can do that don’t exactly go on a resume. Here is my list of hidden teacher talents: can instantly tell when a child returning from the bathroom didn’t wash his/her hands can tell Read More...

4 minutes inside a teacher’s brain

Sit on your bottom, fold your legs, hands in your lap, eyes on the teacher. Why doesn’t this work anymore? Why are my students ignoring me? Why is Duck lying down on top of Ferdinand? Everybody needs to sit down and listen right now. I appreciate the Read More...

My school family

Every day, at the end of our morning together, my class stands up and holds hands in a circle, and sings the “School Family Song,” to the tune of “You are my Sunshine.” You are my family, my school family, I feel happy when you are here, I hope you know, Read More...

Opening up centers on the first day of school

On the first day of school — my least favorite of the year, but that’s a different story — my centers are all closed. The house corner gets roped off with a sign that says “Closed” even before the open house, so the children already know when they arrive Read More...