Top Toys

I don’t have any children, and I work full time for The Mailbox. So I don’t see children in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. This results in me not having a clue what is currently “cool” in toy land. What are children playing with these days? I didn’t know. So I decided to look…

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So Many Firsts!

I recently saw this video of a grandmother riding a roller coaster for the first time. (If it doesn’t brighten your day, then nothing will, and you might as well go back to bed.) That got me thinking of all the firsts you experience with your students—the first time a child understands one-to-one correspondence, the…

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HA!

It’s April Fools’ Day, so on this wacky day, I salute teachers who have a fabulous, if slightly crazy, sense of humor. Mr. Lowrey, my fifth-grade teacher, is a perfect example of the quote to the left. Now that man was funny! I don’t necessarily remember exactly what he said or did to make me…

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Mushy yet Marvelous!

January is National Oatmeal Month! Who knew oatmeal had it’s own month!? I love oatmeal, but I was late in appreciating this adored breakfast food. For a long time, it was just too mushy for me. Even now, I tend to make it thicker than most people. (I like to convince myself that it’s actually…

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What Day Is It?

When I taught, I couldn’t keep track of the days during summer vacation. Calendar time each morning during the school year is a vivid reminder of the current month, day, and year. So when you take away daily calendar time, I’m totally lost. I’m pretty good at keeping track of the days working in educational…

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Does This Describe You?

I remember one day walking into a gas station during the years when I was teaching. The gas station attendant immediately asked, “Are you a teacher?” Clearly, I gave off the teacher vibe. Maybe I was humming “The Farmer in the Dell” or I gave a “teacher look” to some random unruly child in the…

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