How everyone can benefit from “back-to-school”

How everyone can benefit from “back-to-school” It’s back-to-school time. I don’t know why that’s always so exciting for me—it means piles of grading, early mornings, missing grades in the grade book, parent emails, student excuses. But I’m an...

Why Shakespeare never gets old

A friend of mine came over tonight because she’s about to teach Shakespeare for the first time, and she needed some help. I have been totally geeking out all evening! Shakespeare’s going to turn 453 this month, but he never gets old to me. This afternoon,...

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...

Substitute Desk Fairy

  Substitute teaching is tricky work, especially when it comes to young children. Whenever the regular teacher leaves, tranquility vanishes with her. And when she’s gone for a long time, the kids feel deeply uneasy about an altered routine. Nobody else can...

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