That’s Encouraging!

Encouragement is an action giving support, confidence, or hope. In my opinion, this is one of our most important jobs as teachers. Hope is necessary for a child to have a growth mindset—and we’re in the business of creating life-long learners. Yesterday, September 12, was National Encouragement Day. So this is the perfect time to…

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So Many Cats!

Wednesday, September 1 is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day! My husband and I have four ginger cats—Moose, Ralph, Rufus, and Droolie—so I couldn’t let this particular day of appreciation go by without recognizing it. They are all chunky troublemakers that we love dearly.   To celebrate this rather random day, print this learning center on decomposing…

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Dress Code Woes?

It’s hot. Today the heat index was 99 degrees in North Carolina, and I know it’s been higher in other locations. Although many schools have air conditioning, it often isn’t very effective, making some rooms feel like the Arctic Circle and others like the tropics. When you combine extreme temperatures with a school dress code,…

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Hooray for Dirt!

I have an old friend whose Facebook profile is peppered with photos of his children—running around barefoot, splashing in their backyard pond, covered with mud, and climbing up trees. They spend a lot of time outdoors wearing a layer of dirt. When I was a kid, I also spent most of my time covered with…

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It’s That Time

You may not know that in addition to blogging, I also post activities, articles, and fun stuff on The Mailbox® Facebook account, which brings me to a conundrum I encounter every year around this time:  Should I begin posting back-to-school activities? It’s not a simple question. If I post back-to-school activities too soon, you all…

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