What To Do With An Introverted Child

My friend’s daughter started kindergarten a week ago, and yesterday he sent me a concerned message. Him: My kid is social and fun and outgoing, but I worry that when she gets in these classes and clubs she just sits there and isn’t making any friends or whatever. In her preschool, the two teachers loved…

Songs To Teach Figurative Language

I’m getting ready to start figurative language lessons with my group of second graders. Last year, I used a song or two to help them identify the different types of figurative language. It worked. I looked really good when a student announced to her classroom teacher, “That’s an idiom!” simply because the teacher said the…

Mentoring: It Makes A Difference

I’m typing this on my phone from my sons’ soccer practice. What? I’m paying attention. I took the picture, didn’t I? Anyway, it’s just a practice, so I can multitask. It’s not like it’s a game. Shut up. I’m paying attention. Sort of. So the place my kids go to play soccer is indoors, because…

School Fundraisers: What’s The Lesson?

Ah, fall. Tis the season of cooler weather and changing leaves and Halloween costume planning. It’s also the season where every kid and teen enrolled in a public or private school becomes the temporary employee of The Fundraiser. Or in some cases, The Fundraisers. Plural. At the same time. Don’t get me wrong. I work for…

The Best Bad Guys

When I was in sixth grade, my classmates and I learned all about melodramas, those stories where an obvious hero saves an obvious damsel in distress from an obvious cackling, mustache-twisting villain. I remember having to create melodramas, which is funny to ponder now as an adult, knowing twelve-year-olds don’t need help creating drama. Maybe…