Lonely No More

Today is one of those strange “non-holiday” holidays: Cheer Up the Lonely Day. I think “Befriend the Lonely,” might be a better name. Cheering up someone sounds way too fleeting—like you’re going to take a lonely person out for coffee and then not bother to see them again for a few months. Listening and befriending…

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50 Stars

Happy Fourth of July! Chances are you will see the American flag at some point today during Independence Day festivities. Did you know that the story of the current flag’s design was the result of an assignment given by a history teacher?   When Alaska and Hawaii became the 49th and 50th states, the US needed…

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Blink, Blink, Blink!

It’s that time of the year, teacher friends—the time when fireflies put on a wonderful performance in yards and fields. Did you know that fireflies are present on every continent except Antarctica? They need a moist environment to thrive, which is why I have so many in my yard here in humid North Carolina. And…

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Sing a Song

When I was in the classroom, I taught a lot of concepts with songs and chants. Why? Because I can remember the songs I learned in third grade better than I can remember what I had for breakfast this morning. Songs and chants are valuable tools in the classroom. They engage students and increase retention…

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A Really Wild Birthday!

This Friday, June 10, is Maurice Sendak’s birthday. He’s of course known best for his picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, and other books for children. But his experiences were wide and varied, including designing sets and costumes for both ballets and operas, producing animated specials for children, and advising the Children’s Television Workshop…

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