I’ve waited a whole week since the massacre in Florida to post my thoughts.  I’m going to leave the gun talk to others and focus on what I know in my heart, teachers are heroes – three of the seventeen killed in Florida last week were teachers and reports are they were doing what we all know we’d do in the same situation – literally giving their lives to save.. Read More


The other day I was walking around one of the PreK classrooms I work with as the teacher sat in the middle of the room pulling students, one at a time, to work on some handwriting.  Meanwhile, the rest of the kids were engaged in play around the periphery of the room.  In the library, there was a little girl sitting on a bean bag, holding an old phone up.. Read More


As I wandered by the sandbox in PreK today, I heard the noise of sirens! Three boys were playing, there were cars, policemen, and a chase had begun. Boys: “Get the bad guy! He stole something” (noise of sirens and chasing cars) Me: What’s going on boys? Boys: The police are chasing the bad guys! He stole something! Me: Oh. a criminal, what did he do? Boys: He stole something!.. Read More

Think time.

Today I was working in a second-grade class pulling students and asking them a comprehension question after a read aloud.  The work was to help inform some coaching work with teachers and I was pulling half the class (the teacher was doing the same with the other half). I pulled a little girl who I knew from reading with and assessment scores, was above grade level.  She’s, as we say.. Read More

Be kind… to yourself.

Recently, I read a fascinating article on Edutopia about something called ‘vicarious trauma’ that really touched on a time in my career I try not to dwell on too much.  A few years ago, I taught at a school where there was a high level of students dealing with trauma – whether from neglect, abuse, hunger, violence or some other event – the reality was, I was treading into territory I.. Read More


Last week I had the privilege to sub in a kindergarten classroom.  I walked into my school, thinking my day was going to go one way and within a minute, the principal asked me, “Wanna sub in kindergarten?” And without missing a beat, I was, once again, teacher to little people. Now there’s something different when it’s not ‘your’ class and the kids don’t know how you do things. I told.. Read More


My PreK friends inspire me SO much.  I love their unabashed energy and verve.  I love my PreK teachers love for kids – they love those little peanuts to the moon and back and you can tell.  On Friday afternoon, I walked into one of my PreK classrooms and saw something new, the beginnings of a cave… As they get ready to begin their study of nocturnal animals, the teacher.. Read More

It’s August… Smile!

Oh August, you’re like a bad horror movie with your scary music and strings, sneaking up on us with your sledgehammer/chainsaw/machette/(insert obscene weapon of choice here).  It would seem I blinked and July was here and gone.  Another blink and August is in full swing – even my post about August took over a week of the month to happen.  I’ve heard it said that August is the Sunday night.. Read More


  For the last few years, my eye doctor has been warning me, ‘You’re getting very close to needing reading glasses…’ Now I already wear glasses, so in my mind, all I could think was – BIFOCALS.  Each year, during my annual eye exam, he would heed the warning, I’d brush my hand away at him in denial, and life went on. Well this year, after having some issues with my.. Read More


In one of my schools this week I’ve been helping out with kindergarten screening.  I’ve been administering a phonological awareness assessment that is short and the kids mostly think we’re playing some word games. One of the subtests asks me to say two syllable words in parts and have the child put the word together.  The directions read: I’m going to say a word in a funny way, listen, pen… cil.  Now.. Read More