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Car Conversations

March 8th, 2012 · No Comments · education issues, reading and technology

All parents eventually learn that the best conversations occur in the car! There is something unforced about these chats. You are doing something else and “talk happens.” Plus, you don’t even have to look at each other. You can also learn a lot about your children as you drive a car load of your children […]

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Checkers, Chess … Rubrik’s Cube, Oh My

February 12th, 2012 · No Comments · education issues

In my fantasies, I live a checkerboard life – you can only move forward one step at a time. You can be “jumped,” but with a little vigilance, you see the dangers and can avoid them. It is possible to move backwards and forwards after having gained success. However, as an educator, mother, wife, daughter, […]

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Traveling the Middle Lane

February 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment · education issues, Traveling the Middle Lane

“Oh, my!” “I could never do that!” “God Bless You!” These are just a few of the typical comments I receive when I tell others I teach middle school students. Each age in life has some unique qualities, and I guess Middle School is no different. I love teaching Middle School – I think the […]

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Make My Day

February 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment · education issues

As my students enter the classroom each day, posted on the Smartboard, they see the purpose of our lesson, a “Do Now,” and the class agenda. However, on Friday, I fell short and nothing was posted. As I stood in the hall waiting for the bell to ring so I could leave hall duty and […]

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Move Over GeoCaching

December 5th, 2010 · No Comments · education issues

I have long been fascinated by the idea of geocaching. The idea of an outdoor “treasure hunt” in conservation areas or interesting parts of a city intrigues me. However, I teach reading, and I couldn’t make a direct connection between the activity and reading. Enter: Letterboxing. Letterboxing is similar to geocaching. Individuals hide a box […]

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Metaphor’s Influence in Our Lives

September 18th, 2010 · No Comments · education issues

James Geary’s  TED Talk illustrates how metaphor is not just a literary technique but a way of thinking that influences all aspects of our lives.

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Community of Respect

September 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · education issues

The school in which I work has had an anti-bullying/harassment initiative for four years.  We have had teacher education, parent education, student education, entertaining and informative assemblies, advisory group discussions, informative and provocative videos, Days of Respect and much more.  Recently, Massachusetts passed new anti-bullying legislation partly due to two tragic cases of bullying that […]

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Belonging

August 28th, 2010 · No Comments · education issues

I just finished reading a children’s book, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.  The protagonist in this book is 11 year old Melody.  Melody has cerebral palsy and has never walked or talked.  She is very bright and “talks” with the aid of a computer, but her classmates can’t see beyond her limitations.  The […]

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Overheard at the Library

August 12th, 2010 · No Comments · education issues

I love libraries.  From the time I was a child, the library was a place to go to escape my world and enter the worlds of others.  Today’s libraries are the best deal in town.  At one location, you find books, magazines, newspapers, music, computers, and friendly, helpful staff.  While on vacation in New Hampshire […]

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Check your project planner …

July 17th, 2010 · No Comments · education issues

This spring my students created a Glogster for a Latin root word project that involved multiple steps.  They needed to include pictures, sentences, video, and podcasts for words derived from a given root word.  Frequently, I would ask students to check their project planner to determine what was accomplished and what remained to be done.  […]

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