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February 18, 2013 2:22 pm

Nice anchor chart. Saving this for next year.


Nice anchor chart. Saving this for next year.

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July 17, 2012 1:53 pm June 6, 2011 6:36 pm
a little lamb: Girls & ADHD: Are You Missing the Signs?


That’s why teachers are so important. When it comes to learning disabilities, teachers are right there on the front line. We’re often the first to spot a child’s difficulties and to bring it to the attention of parents and specialists. It’s important that we know the different ways ADHD may manifest in our girl students and the reasons we may miss it.

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yes! i am pretty sure we are.

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May 20, 2011 4:27 pm

Just in case

  • Student: Ms. D, just in case the world ends tomorrow, know you are a good teacher.
May 9, 2011 6:54 pm

Good Note



At the end of each day, we have 15 minutes on our schedule that is supposed to be used as “Reteach Time.” I don’t know of a single teacher that uses that time to reteach. With having to get the kids packed up and ready to go, there leaves hardly anytime to reteach. Monday-Thursday in my classroom that time is used for me to read aloud to kids. They absolutely love it. But they love Friday’s even more.

On Friday’s we have what I call Good Note which is a time for us to do something fun as a whole class to end the week on good note. I have some kids who dread the weekends because that means less food, less attention from adults, and zero encouraging words or hugs. Good Note lets them start their weekends off in a great way. It allows them to think positive and gives them something to hang onto when the weekend seems too much to bear. It’s also an opportunity for each kid who had a rough week at school because of behavior problems, bad test grade, or forgetting their homework at home to end the week in a positive way.

Some Friday’s we’ve danced to their favorite songs, played silly games, wrote a crazy group story, watched funny and appropriate videos, had jumping contests, drew pictures with our non-dominant hands, and lots of other fun things. It’s probably one of my favorite times of the week and I know the kids feel the same way. On Friday’s everyone walks out of my classroom on a Good Note.

It’s easy to do. The kids absolutely love it. It physically lasts about 10 minutes, but the feeling lasts much longer.

I love this.

I would really, really like a list of the specific things (video links?) that you do on Good Note. I’d love to do this in my classroom. It’s such a wonderful idea.

(via positivelypersistentteach)

6:52 pm


I have a student with cerebral palsy in my classroom; he uses a wheelchair and cannot move his legs and this story is about him.

Today during calendar time we got completely off topic when one of my kidlets told me that the Pumas (Pumas UNAM- Mexican soccer league) won yesterday and would be going to the semifinals.  (I of course already knew this as we are a Pumas to the death household).  For the first round of the semifinals they will have to play against the Chivas.  There are quite a few Chivas fans (including my assistant) in my classroom so we got into a good natured argument about who was better.

This led to further discussions about soccer in general and who plays soccer.  My student in the wheelchair said that he loves to play soccer! One of the other boys (who plays for a club league) gave the boy that “look” indicating that he can’t possibly play soccer because he’s in a wheelchair.

This then led to a discussion about powerchair soccer and I was able to show my kids this video from the FIPFA.  All my students were in thrall at the video, but none more than the boy in the wheelchair.

Anyways, in addition to being a post about physical disabilities, this is a post about the power of background knowledge.  Every single child was able to participate in our soccer conversation and it was beautiful.

This all too lovely and wonderful. I want to be in mona’s classroom!

May 5, 2011 6:55 pm
My student’s positive self-message to herself during standardized testing.

My student’s positive self-message to herself during standardized testing.

10:00 am May 4, 2011 6:37 pm

A Round Up of Responses: Values Education

brevetcaptain answered: critical reading = critical thinking. that and humanism, that human life has value.

pablophonic answered: I try to teach empathy, compassion and respect. For my field class, I taught 5th graders about the Civil Rights Movement and nonviolence.

rikgoldman answered: peace, economic justice, social justice, equity

reversingpolarity answered: Respect and individualism. I believe that they go hand in hand. Plus the usualy politeness, patience, empathy etc.

Thank you all! If anyone has any more, I’d love to hear them. Education is so much about what we believe to be core values and what we hope to teach, and those core values should guide our every teaching decision. So it’s great to hear what others teach, as I continue to formulate my own core values as a teacher!

May 2, 2011 4:45 pm

What today meant for me as a history teacher


Wake up: 5am. Turn on the news.

Realize bin Laden has been killed (as you can guess from my wake up time, I was not up when the news was released last night).

Scrap my plans for the day and frantically read news articles/hunt down video clips until I have to be ready for homeroom at 6:55.

Watch the president’s speech for the first time with my 2nd period students (Youtube views at this point, around 8:20am: around 90,000).

My assistant principal stepped in for the discussion 6th period. His smartphone went off in the middle of it, with a news update announcing that bin Laden’s DNA had been confirmed.

Watch the president’s speech for the 5th time with my 8th period students (Youtube views at this point, around 1:20pm: around 730,000), and a lot more information has been released.

Answer lots and lots of questions.

Would’ve loved to have been in one of your periods today.