Summer With You

July 15, 2017 Heather 0

It has been a month since our summer together began, little boy. My days have been yours so much so that, when I woke up this morning and managed to sneak out of bed without waking you, I had no clue what to do with myself. Instead of writing or 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


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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Grading for Mastery

April 21, 2015 Heather 0

With a mastery mindset as a goal, the next step is finding a relevant way to judge a student’s work. In a traditional school or classroom, we use an 100 point scale split up into A, B, C, D, and F. The question now is whether or not that is Read More

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Learning, a letter to my students

March 17, 2015 Heather 0

You’re not perfect. There are a lot of things you won’t be good at. You won’t always win. You won’t get everything right the first time. Or the second. Maybe not even the third time. You will mess up. You will fall. You will have bad days. I will probably Read More