Education :: New Year, New Difficulties

Happy New Year!!! You survived 2020!!! I’d love to tell you that 2021 is going to be better, but I can’t make any promises on that one… As I listen to the news and think back on the last year, January 1st doesn’t look very different from December 31st. We’re still dealing with covid-19. We’reContinue reading “Education :: New Year, New Difficulties”

Education :: Why We Write

“Most of my students really struggle with writing. Why do I need to keep pushing them when they really have no interest?” When I was an elementary music teacher, I struggled with this question off and on. I know that music benefits everyone; but what about the students who just don’t *get* it? Why doContinue reading “Education :: Why We Write”

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 :: 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?”