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Image Source "Every student must wash their hands before they enter the classroom," she said in a cheery tone. "In case they had peanut butter for breakfast, we want to wash it all off so that our students don't get sick. Ten percent of our population here has moderate to severe peanut allergies." I heard [...]

Hope everyone's first day went well!

Do you ever feel like your child's behavior is way off-track? Like they're stuck repeating behaviors they know are totally against the rules. We've all been there. In recent weeks, I've been seeing some regression in A. That's to be expected, I know, since we're still transitioning to a new life in Texas, with a [...]


What We Love Now

Our bedtime routine probably looks a lot like yours: we meander upstairs after dinner. The girls get me soaking wet during bathtime. We curl up together to read a few books, and then it’s lights out. But A has been wanting to do something a little differently lately, and I'm loving it. Instead of reading [...]

Maybe it's the time of year. The many Augusts I spent in classrooms, decorating, filling out planners, creating literacy centers when I taught elementary school, and editing centers when I taught middle school. Maybe it's the fact that my son is in preschool now, so it's around this time of year that we start thinking [...]

Another mom caught me, with tears welling in my eyes, standing there in front of a display of preschool art. How odd. I’m sure she thought I was "off my meds" or something, but I couldn’t hold back as I admired my daughter’s portrait of the two of us and read her responses to the All [...]

Image Source   Have you seen this new bullying PSA from VH1? Watch it. Then we'll talk. I literally want to throw up. Where do I start? Primarily, I'm sickened at these images. Are these acts of humiliation still going on? I certainly hope not.  How would kids even string a kid up a flagpole [...]


Are Schools Failing Parents?

This weekend, I had an interesting conversation with an acquaintance. Her son, who is in elementary school, had been sent home with a note, which stated that he was having trouble in reading. She was supposed to go in for a meeting about his reading. She knows I'm a teacher, specializing in literacy, so she [...]

Last Saturday, I got to have my first book signing/book launch at Hooray for Books! in Alexandria, VA. It was really fun to be part of their weekly story hour. I got to talk about "Making Kid Time Count: 0-3: The Attentive Parent Advantage," for a couple of minutes, and then hang around and answer [...]

If you've ever had the experience of trying to corral a classroom of 30+ sixteen-year-olds with agendas all their own so you can actually prepare them for state and college-level exams (their scores on which may determine your fate as an educator), you know how important it is to figure out what makes them tick. [...]