Education :: Take Time for Yourself

This school year has started off extremely rough. This school year is following an even worse school year last year. If you’re anything like me, you might be a perfectionist. During my years of teaching in the classroom, I learned pretty quickly that if I wanted to get everything done (and not just done, butContinue reading “Education :: Take Time for Yourself”

Education :: Choosing a Setting

The first time a student writes a story in our classrooms, the setting is probably one of the last things they consider. Think back to many of the stories they read in Kindergarten through Second Grade as a class. Many of those stories – though great at teaching sharing and friendship and dealing with emotionsContinue reading “Education :: Choosing a Setting”

Education :: Tips for Back in the Classroom

As we come in to November, if you haven’t gone back into the classroom yet, you will probably be heading back soon. And if you are, I’m sure you have a LOT of anxiety coming back into the classroom; especially with all of the guidelines you have to meet. Not only do you somehow haveContinue reading “Education :: Tips for Back in the Classroom”

Education :: What is the Purpose of the Story?

When you’re playing many games, such as chess, you are playing with a specific purpose in mind. In chess, the purpose of the game is to take out the opposing player’s king. A game of Monopoly is over once someone has bankrupted everyone else. A game of tic-tac-toe is won when a player gets threeContinue reading “Education :: What is the Purpose of the Story?”

Education :: Why the “When” is so Important

Some images don’t make any sense, or have very little meaning, unless you know when they were taken. Imagine a woman dressed in rags, her face unsmiling, her hands empty. The caption reads, “The Great Depression: 1931” or “WWII Refugee: 1943” or “One woman’s salvation through the work of the ‘End It’ Movement: 2017”. NowContinue reading “Education :: Why the “When” is so Important”

Education :: Do My Students Like Me?

This is a question first time teachers worry about constantly. And as we more veteran teachers move on from year to year, this worry tends to fall off of what’s important to us. As we teachers get further into our career, we teach what we teach and it’s up to the students to actually doContinue reading “Education :: Do My Students Like Me?”

Education :: Why the “Why?” and “How?” are so Difficult

When it comes to writing the “why” and “how” of a story, there are a lot of reasons this is so difficult, especially for our young writers. For those who teach these young writers, it’s extremely disconcerting when you get the same story over and over again. The stories might have different characters and aContinue reading “Education :: Why the “Why?” and “How?” are so Difficult”

Education :: What a Strange Year

Some things you can do to help parents help their kids and to not go crazy yourself! The 2020-2021 school year has begun for much of the United States and around the world. No matter where you are, I’m sure this school year has at least a few different aspects. As teachers, we’re experiencing thingsContinue reading “Education :: What a Strange Year”

Education :: What Do You Need?

As a teacher, we’ve all felt like the Cat in the Hat. We enjoy the fast pace, we love getting to teach our students how to do things! And it all takes a lot of balance and juggling. But where do we find the time??? That’s where I come in. I created this blog toContinue reading “Education :: What Do You Need?”

Education :: How Young is Too Young?

It’s very tempting for we teachers to avoid creative writing, especially for younger students. We spend so much time trying to just get our younger students to learn the letters, much less getting them to come up with and/or write stories. I’m not saying we don’t have students write at all; but because we spendContinue reading “Education :: How Young is Too Young?”