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Teaching While Autistic

May 11, 2017 Heather 0

I used to write this blog under a pseudonym to hide all of the personal aspects of my life from my career. About a year ago I decided to use my real name and be proud of who I am. Now that my job applications are out there again, though, Read More

Kinder Voting

November 7, 2016 Heather 2

My Kindergarteners are participating in a mock election at school today. I was really looking forward to being there for it, but Isaac got sick at daycare again. There’s nothing like being stuck under a feverish baby to make time for blogging.  We found out about the election last Wednesday Read More

Developmentally Appropriate

December 19, 2015 Heather 0

Every year I hear and read arguments on both sides of the teaching battle regarding the expectations we are given, the methods for measuring success, and what is developmentally appropriate for our students. Personally, I teach Kindergarten and have for three of the four years that I have taught. On Read More

Trust

October 4, 2015 Heather 0

 I haven’t felt like I’ve been able to trust this class. They throw pencils and crayons at each other, use scissors to cut anything but their paper, and use glue sticks as lollipops… even if we’ve had lessons on how to use things and even with reminders.  I let that Read More

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A Reminder

September 19, 2015 Heather 0

My principal posted this last night on the school’s Facebook page of two of my students from last year walking back to class from the library reading. I felt so much joy when I saw. They grew so much last year together, always tackling new and harder books. I put Read More

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Classroom Visitor

September 18, 2015 Heather 0

It started with a shriek from one of my toughest students. Then the other kids came running over.  “Teacher, come kill it!” Back in my day my Grampa had banana spiders as “pets” (I took him literally) and I used to catch crickets and grasshoppers to feed them. Back in Read More

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It’s Dot Day!

September 15, 2015 Heather 0

Today was International Dot Day to celebrate one of my class’s favorite books, The Dot by Peter H Reynolds! It is about a little girl named Vashti that doesn’t think she’s good enough, doesn’t think it is worth it to try, and epitomizes the “I can’t!” I hear so much Read More

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