Tax season is upon us and my husband has asked for the receipts for my educational expenses for the last year. I normally keep a zip-lock bag in the classroom labeled taxes with the current year. This year my bagRead More
I love reading. This year, I have witnessed many of my first and second graders discover this love. I felt their energy when we walked to the library for the first time. I watched their eyes darting around theRead More
This week, I found my blue box back on my door step. It is now the third time this box has been on my door step. For those of you who don't know, the blue box is what you haveRead More
Welcome to your first day of school; it is obvious you are excited to be here and to learn about the vast world around you. I hope you revel in the wonder of this morning and enjoy meeting your well-intentioned teachers.
I want to take a moment to warn you, however, that such enthusiasm will be short-lived.
There are over 97,000 National Board Certified Teachers in America. Only 3% of the teaching workforce is Nationally Board Certified. 3% seems very small when compared to a number like 97,000. NBCTs are teachers that have proven that they teachRead More
The impasse has been resolved. New York reached an agreement on teacher evaluations. Thankfully, it was a result of Governor Cuomo’s resolve to create his own way of measuring teacher work if a resolution was not reached. The powerRead More
Typically around this time of the year I pull out my old, tattered and torn, Charles Schultz books: Happiness is a Warm Puppy Love is Walking Hand in Hand When I was in the classroom it was fun to readRead More
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took theRead More
I spent the weekend at the Biosphere 2 Science Center near Tucson, Arizona. Many of you may remember B2 as a highly publicized ecological research project back in the early 90s where humans were sealed inside a giant simulation ofRead More
At least not in the literal sense. Some days I do feel like a rock star or an all-star and maybe even a superstar. But a star is something that I can count on every night to shine in theRead More