Identifying Gifted Children

  “Oh, my son is gifted, so he’s going to a special school now.” “My daughter’s in the gifted class.” “My children take all AP classes. They’re gifted learners.” You know these parents, and they might annoy...

How to substitute teach (and survive)

When people find out that I substitute teach, they usually respond like this: Why would you want to do that? Unless those people are teachers themselves. Then they respond: You do?! Have you ever subbed _____ grade? (They’re desperate.) The answer is Yes, I...

6 Things I Love About School Starting

This is the time we’ve dreaded all summer. School is starting. Gone are the days without regulated beginnings and endings. Gone are whimsical mornings on the seashore and guilt-free ice cream runs. Gone is the feeling of exhaustion from doing nothing but baking...

Confessions of a suburb mom

I am not a philanthropist, not a CEO, not a socialite. I’m just a suburb mom, and I have some confessions to make. Frankly, I’m a little tired of the pressure put on our families to succeed and surpass. At what, I don’t know. Our city? The world at...

Wholesome Reading List for Teen and Pre-teen Girls

       As a middle school and high school English teacher, I often get requests for good book lists, often for girls because discerning mothers have found a lot of young adult fiction inappropriate.        The trick in finding good girl material revolves mainly around...

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