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Mrs. Mimi has a new blog

It’s called Mrs. Mimi Teaches , and is going to be full of ideas to help teachers in their classrooms. I say “going to be” because as yet, it’s pretty spare on content. However, as Mrs. Mimi is a fellow lover of books, school supplies, and being organized, Read More...

how much time do teachers actually teach?

Inefficiency in education drives me nuts. Long pointless meetings, or staff development that is inane and worthless — these things make my blood boil. We have so many more important things to be doing. Sometimes, however, we waste our students’ time and Read More...

school mommy

We had an intense morning, and Miss Slinger and I weren’t sure when it was over what exactly had happened. It wasn’t like anyone was terrible, but there was a fair amount of not listening to my directions, quite a bit of wandering around, a few kicks Read More...

glad I’m not a first year teacher

On Monday Miss Slinger called before work to say that she was not feeling well, and wouldn’t be in. I said that was fine, and was on my way to work before I remembered that my Monday help (a special ed teacher and a Spanish speaking aide) had both emailed Read More...

my mystery coworker

There will definitely be an afternoon class this fall, and it will be in what previously had been MY classroom. I was on vacation when she got hired, so I did not get to interview her. I called her yesterday to introduce myself, and left a message. I Read More...

successes and failures

At the end of the year I returned to the children’s assessment portfolios, and once again asked them questions about letters, sounds, numbers, colors, shapes, etc. Miss Slinger did her final assessment measuring vocabulary, rhyming, and alliteration. Read More...

teachers have too much work to do

This is nothing new to other teachers out there. But sometimes teachers just have too much to do, and it starts to grind us down. I had a morning free to do paperwork. This is a gift, I know, and many school districts don’t provide this kind of time. Read More...

conducting the preschool symphony

Things I heard today: *the music of Dan Zanes, which I played during journal time *Ruby, telling Miss Slinger very clearly and indignantly that Boy A had touched her on her bottom. *Miss Slinger putting my sudden thoughts into words: “Maybe he’s the one Read More...

What my classroom looks like

I stopped by today — the first time I’ve ever been to my classroom in the middle of summer, and all my furniture was piled up in the hall by my cubbies. I went inside and it was completely empty, except for all the dust bunnies. And the tech guy who is 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...