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
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
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
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
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
Let me preface this by saying this is not my best work. I even tell my bitties that, reminding them that they need to do their best work because they have time to and that I’m not because I don’t want to take all of their time. Do what Read More
Books (and some reading buddies)!