I was always a doodler. I used to doodle on the side of my notepads in school when I was a teenager. It was a way to help me think and while I didn't know it then, doodling is actually really important to our thought process. Luckily, I had supportive teachers who didn't mind the random doodles. I … [Read more...]
#IWishMyTeacherKnew: Students Share Heartbreaking Notes
Kyle Schwartz is a third grade teacher at Doull Elementary in Denver. She has been teaching for three years. While she loves her job, she admits to having one main obstacle in her teaching: relating to her students. “Ninety-two percent of our students qualify for free and reduced lunch,” Schwartz … [Read more...]
The Ultimate Best Teacher Gift Guide
The end of the school year is fast approaching, and along with all the planning for activities, camps, family vacation, childcare or just coping with your kids full-time for two months, now you have to get a gift (or maybe two or three or four or - gulp - more...depending on your past fertility) … [Read more...]
Are you ready? Latest study about condom use.
When you were growing up did you ever have that conversation with your parents about sex? I certainly didn't. It may be because my parents weren't comfortable and probably didn't know how to approach the topic. But times have changed since we were in university... or have they? Certainly access to … [Read more...]
How the youth can impact the world with social media.
I'm always wondering what the world will be like when my kids are grown up. Will they be keen on working hard and not be "entitled" as our generation is so worried about? Will they understand the need to help those who can't help themselves? Will they understand that we can all learn from each other … [Read more...]
I Don’t Want To
You know, I've been around the block enough times that I shouldn't have been quite so shocked the first time I heard those four words come from a young student's lips. Maybe it was because I genuinely saw the proferred activity as a reward, a break, a fun time-out from the regular classroom routine. … [Read more...]
What I love about Teaching so far
Sorry I've been awol this past week. We had a beautiful new addition in our extended family and I'm a little giddy inside. I'm the proud auntie of a gorgeous new niece and she is everything precious, soft and beautiful in a little divine package! I started a new job in September as a part-time … [Read more...]
3 Keys to Overcoming Learned Helplessness
Do any of your children suffer from learned helplessness? Do they seem to give up or quit as soon as a task gets difficult? Do they ever refuse to try activities, or get labeled as lazy or unmotivated? Are mistakes or failures usually blamed on other people or conditions? Well, the good news is that … [Read more...]