Marker Mania

Today in first grade, I made the unusual exception to let the children color with markers. It seemed a simple enough indulgence: just decorate the history mapping exercise with a little color. As a high school teacher subbing in the first grade, I never could have...

Got life under control?

  I’ve got to get my life under control! Clean my closets. Organize my bills. Exercise daily. Plan my vacations. Read those books. Finish writing that novel. Although I realize the erroneous perception of control, I still crave the success of a well-organized...

Ten things I didn’t know about First Graders

I’ve been substitute teaching in the first grade for almost two months now, but I am still learning something new every day. Previous to this experience, I considered myself an expert on children. I’ve successfully parented 3 active boys through...

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