Competition in the Classroom

I’m feeling a tad bit tired this morning. I don’t usually stay up past 10 o’clock, and last night,  even though our North Carolina Panthers, were losing, I couldn’t give up on the Super Bowl. This morning, my tangled hair is clasped firmly behind my head and my beverage of choice—since I don’t drink coffee—is…

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Happy Birthday!

Apparently, February is the month to be born if one is going to become a really well-known picture book author. Take a look at all these birthdays! Judith Viorst—February 2, 1931 David Wiesner—February 5, 1957 Lucy Cousins—February 10, 1964 E. L. Konigsburg—February 10, 1930 Mark Teague—February 10, 1963 Jane Yolen—February 11, 1939 David Small—February 12,…

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February Surprise

Stars and stripes, Xs and Os, groundhogs, frogs, masks, broncos, panthers, and fire monkeys? That’s right; February 2016 is filled with special days, events, and monthlong celebrations that include American Heart Month, Black History Month, and National Children’s Dental Health Month. So what’s the surprise? Well, as you know, we have a giveaway right here…

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No Name

How annoying is it to receive a nameless student paper? It’s incredibly annoying. But, as a teacher, it wasn’t one of those serious management issues that I felt I needed to tackle immediately. I mean, teachers are busy, right? There were a million and one things on my list. Coming up with a method for…

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Snowy Facts

The Mailbox is located in North Carolina. Thus, this past weekend, we were assaulted by Winter Storm Jonas. (Since when have they started naming winter storms? I remember oodles of storms in Michigan when I was a kid and none of them had names.) We ended up with around four to five inches of sleet,…

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