Archive for the ‘From the Front Lines’ Category

  • Creative Writing Strategies For Elementary Students – Outside Of The Classroom

    on Jan 9, 15 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Opinion • with Comments


    Writing is a huge component in my second and third grade classroom. Next to speaking properly, communicating through the written word is an important life skill that needs to be developed which will follow children throughout their lives. The sooner the basics of writing are introduced and honed, the easier this skill will become as they get older. We write about everything: picture prompts, sentence prompts, letters mailed to friends and family, activities we’ve done, opinions on current events, holidays-if it can be written about, we do it. And all of this is great in

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  • What Am I Thankful For? A Damn Good Public Education

    on Nov 26, 14 • in Ask a Teacher, Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments

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    When people ask what one another are thankful for, there are a variety of great answers. Family, is notably and rightfully among the top answers. Many people are thankful for their friends who’ve helped give them guidance. Others are thankful for a home and a place to lie their head, or the food that’s on their table. There are many things to be thankful for this holiday season – but the thing I’m most grateful for is a damn good education. I grew up in an old coal town in Anthracite Pennsylvania, the area that

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  • Don’t Be THAT Teacher: Make a Positive Impact Instead

    on Nov 20, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion • with Comments

    courtesy of teacherleaders

    It happened the other day. One of my ‘friends’ on Facebook had a birthday. I was wishing her well, on her page, when I noticed another person she was friends with. A former teacher. THAT teacher. I was an excellent student. I was involved in all kinds of extra-curricular activities, was a straight A student, graduated as a Valedictorian. As a young student I wanted to go into journalism. I was a school publications editor-in-chief from eighth grade through eleventh grade. I had aspired to be a reporter or a writer, or possibly even an

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  • Simple Scientific Method For Younger Elementary Grades

    on Nov 4, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Opinion • with Comments


    My class of first and second graders is working through the scientific method. We have been doing several science experiences a week for the past four weeks. I love how they ‘get it’. Several of my teacher friends think I’m crazy for introducing this concept so early. Those are the same friends who also think I’m crazy for introducing multiplication facts at this level as well. Until the end of the year when they see my kiddos able to do multiplication facts zero through 10 without batting an eye. You’d think they would learn. I have

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  • A Light to Turn On

    on Oct 27, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments


    Little people. That is whom I teach. I have a room full of loud, curious, eager, fidgety little people who I must teach Reading, Math, English, Social Studies, Science, critical thinking, social skills and personal hygiene to in 170 days. State Department of Education, eat your heart out. It is a privilege to be trusted with this large task. I don’t take it lightly. I know that I have a very large role to fill and I know that I have the support of parents. But what about those of you who don’t have the

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