Category Archives: Kids

All At The Right Time

Haven’t seen me here for a while? I’ve been using my precious blogging time to really listen to my kids, get some extra exercise happening, paying attention to my husband, cooking some wholesome meals (okay…at least I try) and I … Continue reading

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Bad Teachers

“You don’t learn stuff from bad teachers, you just learn stuff about bad teachers.” These are the exact words from a conversation between three boys aged 11-14 today. I know because the conversation took place in my car. Something to think about?

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One Target at A Time

Writing skills in my classroom have increased with a slowing down of targets. The pressure of only seeing my writing students once a week resulted in me trying to achieve too much in one lesson and in the end I … Continue reading

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Kids Shouldn’t Go To School

Dan Haesler – teacher, blogger, speaker, Positive Psychology advocate and colleague – has done a fantastic post this week titled “Kids Shouldn’t Go To School.” I think every teacher should take the time to read and ponder over the essential … Continue reading

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Band-Aids, Fairness, Solutions and My Own Wounds

I used to think that “fair” means that everybody gets the same, but thanks to Richard Lovoie, I came to understand a few years ago that “fair” actually means “getting what you need.” Mrs Saylor, over at Salylor’s Log, uses … Continue reading

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Problems In Perspective

Ever had your child coming home from school with that, “Worst day of my life!” thing happening? You know those days when they really do feel that the world is coming down on them? I once received this fantastic advice/strategy … Continue reading

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Fits Like A Glove

The right reading book should fit you just like the perfect glove.  I adapted this stunning idea from Melissa and Nicole at Lessonplansos.com when I downloaded their fantastic resource called Rockin’ Reading Workshop from the Teachers Pay Teachers Store. I immediately … Continue reading

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I Caught A Student Doing…

He kicks up a big fuss about reading. Says he hates it. Won’t go near a chapter book. Last week I celebrated because he got lost…in a book. Guess what I caught him doing at lunchtime today? Reading a book … Continue reading

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What Does Your Thinking Look Like?

If you had to draw your thinking, what would it look like? I was blown away by the massive effect this simple question had on my students! Just look at their thinking. I’m sure you will be totally surprised at … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Book Whisperer

I finally made it to the end of Donalyn Miller’s book…I could have devoured the whole book in one sitting, but unfortunately time is always an issue. I love Donalyn’s writing voice – she is a successful teacher sharing her … Continue reading

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