Tag Archives: challenges

A Pinch of Green

Today was free dress day at the Sweetest Little School by the Sea. Children spilled off buses and piled out of cars wearing flouncy skirts, poofy sleeves, suit coats and neckties. A couple boys and a girl or two donned bowties. … Continue reading

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One Mile Matters

“Come on, Aury! You can do it!” Yelled the parents waiting at the finish line.  “Push, push, push!” encouraged one mom. In came three more students, Justin, Javier, Kara.  “Nine minutes, fifteen seconds,” said the teacher keeping time. Sweat pooled … Continue reading

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Ouch!

  Worked late tonight. It’s easy to do when the sun’s out and it still feels like afternoon.  Feeling good, getting a lot of paperwork done. I don’t like to do paperwork during the school day. It feels like I … Continue reading

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evening home

  arriving home Friday night Quiet courtyard, no one in sight Key turns in lock Apartment opens. Expansive sky welcoming. Wind rattles windows in the kitchen. one was left open. one left open – cold sneaks in. All is dark … Continue reading

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Reading Non-Fiction with Power

I’ve spent some time thinking about how to help students read informational text.  If you’re an educator, you have too.  I’ve gathered a lot of strategies across years to further this effort. This is difficult work because often children want … Continue reading

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Main Idea . . . Think about it.

Today I shared a couple of simple strategies for helping students understand how to take in informational text.  It involves breaking down information into manageable bits.  I used to think students should be able to find the main idea easily. … Continue reading

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Roast Chicken & Random Acts of Kindness

    This week is Random Acts of Kindness week at the Sweetest Little School by the Sea.  It came about as the result of a conversation with our insightful and lovely psychologist a few weeks ago. Mrs. Turner related … Continue reading

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