Some Kids Are So Brave! (Video)

This little girl is amazing. Her video should be shown to every child and for that matter every adult facing cancer treatments.

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Five-year-old Hannah Higgins has been through so much, yet has such strength of character. This short video will have a profoundly positive impact on terrified children about to go through the same ordeal.

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25 signs you might be teaching in 2015

I found this list on te@chthought here I laughed my way through the list, so many of them apply to me.

25 Signs You’re  Teaching In 2015

1. You think of clouds as good things.

2. You believe tagging is the new email.

3. The blogosphere is more relevant a term than the stratosphere.

4. You spent more this year on iPad peripherals than you have pencils and pens.

5. You giggle when you recall how you used to simply give tests at the end of a unit.

6. You google before you even try to remember.

7. You begged your school accountant for an iTunes card instead of your annual classroom fund.

8. Have actually used the phrase “digital citizenship” in a sentence with a straight face.

9. You’re in bad shape if the internet goes down during a lesson.

10. YouTube makes more sense than television.

11. You forgot what chalk does to your skin.

12. Flipping the classroom is an instructional strategy rather than a response to misbehavior.

13. You’re sure Vine is rotting your middle schooler’s brain.

14. Your district has a more transparent facebook policy than they do on assessment or curriculum mapping.

15. You’re scared to explain your blended, student-centered, mobile-centric classroom to parents, so you don’t mention any of it on the syllabus.

16. You’ve “crowdsourced” something–school supplies, for example.

17. You trade rooms with another teacher for a better Wi-Fi signal—and don’t tell them why.

18. You’ve texted during class, but have taken a student’s phone for doing the same.

19. You plan lessons assuming that every student has Wi-Fi broadband access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

20. Students blame passwords and log-in issues rather than the dog for eating their homework.

21. Your students have to explain certain technologies to you, but you pretend you already knew.

22. You seriously consider that if it’s not being talked about on twitter, it may not have happened.

23. You’ve spoken more recently with the tech leader in Mumbai than the new 10th grade Math teacher down the hall.

24. You’d never admit it, but you judge other people by the tech they carry.

25. You’re energized–and absolutely fatigued–by the rate of change in your craft as an educator early in the 21st century.

Tears and prayers, and a thought and prayer request

Just found out one of our kindergartners has a brain tumor and is scheduled for surgery this week.  They don’t think it’s cancerous but still what a hard thing to face.  This is one of those times that life just sucks.  Asking anyone and everyone for good thoughts and prayers for this little one and family.

Getting my kiddo to talk about his school day

I saw an article not long ago about how to get your child to tell you what happened at school that day.  Gotta be honest, I saw the article I did not read it.  I wasn’t really worried about it because I’ve found a way to get my child to share more.

Sometime in the middle of last year (third grade) the answers to how was your day became good, fine, or ok instead of the effuse pouring out of minute by minute details they had been previously.   I struggled with how to get more out of my little man.

Finally I hit on a solution,  now he’s prepared to answer every day.  It’s pretty simple really.  It starts with reading the newsletter the teacher sends home each Friday and paying attention to what I’m reading, as in what he’s going to be studying in each subject the next week.  Next step I ask him first how was your day?  Then I ask what did you do in _______ (math, science, etc, I run through his whole day) or what did you learn in _________.  All of a sudden I get more than one word answers and guess what we end up having really discussions on his day.  Simple as that.

Sometimes It’s Worth Risking a Fight With a Parent

If I were this teacher I would have immediately called the principal to my room. WOW! Just wow!!!

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I’m glad the teacher didn’t let this most unreasonable parent have her way:

A crazed feminist told a second grade school teacher that she hopes she gets beaten on a nightly basis by an abusive husband because she refused to hand out vagina shaped cookies to her class. 

The unnamed teacher asked a friend to post details of the bizarre encounter on her Reddit account. 

According to the story, the teacher regularly invites volunteer parents to cook snacks for her class on a Friday when the children have been well behaved. 

The teacher said the woman arrived at the school and handed over a plate full of treats and said: ‘I decided you can use these to teach the kids about the woman’s vagina today.’

According to the teacher: ‘Baffled and completely caught off guard I slowly peel the aluminum foil off the pan to behold a plethora of sugar…

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Cakeway to the West Day 18

On another of my Mom’s days off this summer she and I took kiddo on the Anheuser Busch tour.  Yep we’re good St. Louisans and we take the tour at least once a year, always interesting to see how they change the tours and I never get tired of seeing the Clydesdales, and the architecture.  Kiddo asks to go on the tour now, lol.  The cake features the Clydesdales hitch.

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More banned books

more on Banned Books Week

What Will She Read Next?

9780312626686_p0_v2_s260x420Banned books week is not over yet – and we’re not done sharing our favorite ones. In our blog’s short history we have reviewed two books that have also been banned. In November we reviewed A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girland Nickel and Dimed.  Both books we loved.  When I first read Nickel and Dimed, I had no idea it was banned.  And instead of feeling the book, or the author, should be censored – I felt it was a book everyone should be forced to read.  Especially with the recent arguments about a living wage – which is exactly what the author is promoting, even 13 years ago when the book was originally published.

9780553495096_p0_v1_s260x420I had heard about A Bad Boy in article in the newspaper, and the series of complaints launched against the book in a local school district.  Now, this…

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