Before motherhood: Parenting and teaching are one in the same.
After motherhood: Parenting and teaching are only the same in the respect that both involve children.
I am sure this is a familiar sentiment for other teachers who became parents. At least, it is for those who will cop to it. I am not afraid to admit. I’m having a child, no problem, I teach elementary school. I know how to teach, I know how to plan a lesson, and I know kids. Turns out, I know nothing. Continue reading »
I don’t want to argue with one of The Muppets but … I think Kermit was wrong when he said it isn’t easy being green. St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and no matter what religion or nationality you are, celebrate this day with your children! At the very least, it’s an excuse to wear green (a great color on everyone!) Continue reading »
I loathe those people that are always complaining about something; their job, their living situation, their bad back, whatever. It is always something.
However after one reads the book “Room,” located at the Belleville Public Library, I don’t think anyone can complain. About anything. Describing what most might call their worst nightmare, Ma is kidnapped at age 19 by Old Nick and held captive in an 11-by-11 shed with no contact with the rest of the world. In what she calls “the best thing”, Old Nick fathers Jack and together, Ma and Jack create a world of their own in their makeshift home or as they call it, Room. Told through the eyes of Jack, his stunted language sheds instant light on the severe limitations of this very intelligent boy who has never seen the light of day except through a skylight. Ma provides for Jack as best as she can, relying on “Sundaytreats” from Old Nick that include food, medicine and basic necessities of life. They exercise by running on “Track,” they play games from “Game Box” and Jack learns to tell him on “Watch.” Continue reading »
I am a judgmental person. Sometimes. Aren’t we all?
So, how do you teach your children NOT to judge if we are doing this (even in the slightest bit)? I read this article in the Huffington Post and breathed a sigh of relief. At one time or another, we all judge and then we all feel bad about it when we end up in a similar situation. Unfortunately, it does not tell me how to teach my son not to do these things! So, I recently decided that it really isn’t about teaching our children not to do something, it is more about teaching them how to navigate certain situations rather than avoiding them. Continue reading »
I am a WRADvocate – do you know what that means?
March 7, 2012 is declared World Read Aloud Day by a wonderful organization called LitWorld. Their main mission is to empower children and provide them the resources and motivation to learn to read. I was asked to be an advocate on this day – I am raising money and hosting two events aimed at spreading the word of the importance of literacy in this world. I could not be prouder. Let me tell you why. Continue reading »