Life Lessons from the First Grade

Robert Fulghum said, “All I need to know, I learned in kindergarten.” Now that I’ve been teaching in the first grade for 3 months, I think I could say the same thing. People should just go back to elementary school and learn how to behave. Stop being...

Happy Birthday, Cha-Cha-Cha!

Happy Birthday to You! Cha-Cha-Cha!      Happy Birthday to You! Cha-Cha-Cha!      Happy Birthday, dear ______________,       Happy Birthday to You! CHA-CHA-CHA! This song makes me cringe. Don’t get me wrong–it’s not that I don’t find an...

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...

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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