Encouragement Beyond the Mug

Encouragement Beyond the Mug

A friend on facebook asked teachers to share what they really want for Teacher Appreciation Week. I was tempted to write—MUGS! Lots and lots of teacher-themed mugs. You’ll be happy to know, I didn’t act on this impulse.  By now, if you’re a teacher in a school...
Prep Time

Prep Time

When I teach writing, I’m amazed at how often students think the writing process is a big waste of time. If I assign a story, they want to sit down and write a story. Many treat brainstorming and planning like obstacles keeping them from finishing their...
Handwriting Transformation

Handwriting Transformation

One year when I taught third grade, I had a student who struggled with handwriting. He did not have good control in holding or using a pencil. As I watched I became convinced that he was left-handed. He ate with his left hand. He caught with his left hand. When I...
 Load Up & Head Out 

 Load Up & Head Out 

Of all the crazy things I did as a classroom teacher, the end-of-year adventure field trip definitely ranks in one of the top 5 best ideas ever. First came the car trip in the extra-long International Travelall. I still remember the look at the gas station when the...

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