Did you know National Teacher Day is May 3, 2016? I remember the first week of May when our school’s PTO, parents, and local community showed appreciation in many ways to the teachers…it was awesome (Thank you Haine School and Cranberry Township). They organized a special luncheon and gave us gifts…not to mention our principal… Continue reading Appreciate Teachers…Many are Heroes!
Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2016 and will mark its 46th year of existence. I always enjoyed this day while teaching. I was proud of the many families and community members who participated in events linked with this special day in April. The Earth Day organization is counting down to the 50th… Continue reading Earth Day…Trees for the Earth
I had the opportunity to watch the Country Music Awards recently. Tim McGraw sang his newest song, Humble and Kind. If you have not heard this song be sure to check out the link below…absolutely awesome video. Teaching students to be humble and kind is very important. Many teachers have bulletin boards linked with highlighting positive… Continue reading “Stay Humble and Kind”…Great Teaching Lesson
“He is such an excellent reader!” This has been stated by numerous teachers and parents and linked with the identity “top/high level reader”. In some cases, though, being a good reader does not mean the student understands what he read. Comprehending what one has read is an important skill that students must master in order… Continue reading Reading Versus Comprehending
When a person googles “Student Questioning Strategies”, many websites, pdf documents, and published articles are listed. In doing this myself…I discovered an article on a website which got my attention. As I think back to the 30+ years of teaching, I reflect on what I would have changed with regards to teaching lessons and engaging… Continue reading Questions By Students Not By Teachers
Teachers are constantly looking for teaching resources that help them as educators. This is also true for those undergraduate students who are education majors. Check out below an incredible site that provides helpful APPS for teachers and students. This has been created by the Saint Vincent College Education Department. SVC is located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania… Continue reading Education APPS That Help!
I watched the exclusive interview led by Diane Sawyer on Friday, February 12, 2016. It was entitled “Silence Broken: A Mother’s Reckoning” and involved Sue Klebold, the mother of one of the shooters at Columbine. I remember the day and following weeks after this horrific incident occurred. In the next years following, I joined many… Continue reading Recognizing Troubled Students…Diane Sawyer’s Interview and Reminders
It appears what teachers have been saying the past few years about No Child Left Behind may have been heard…FIX IT! A new federal bill was signed in December, 2015. It is called ESSA…Every Student Succeeds Act. Educators and families worked together to create a better law that truly focuses on meeting needs of every… Continue reading ESSA…Do You Know About This?
Every student…regardless of age…deserves encouragement by teachers and parents. I believe, that more than ever, the youth of America need to feel that they can learn, grow, and develop into positive people. One important tip is to personalize the encouragement. For teachers, this means using the student’s name when stating or writing words of encouragement.… Continue reading Are You Encouraging or Discouraging?
In 2012, an article was published by the ASCD organization which presented research regarding three challenges faced by new teachers. One challenge discovered was linked with mentoring by veteran teachers and the fact that new teachers were “sinking in unsupportive environments”. What was disturbing about the findings was that mentors, in some cases, contributed to… Continue reading New Teacher Support…Fact or Fiction?