More Songs To Teach Figurative Language

Earlier this year, I published this post about songs featuring various forms of figurative language. It has been one of my most popular posts to date, but you wouldn’t know that from looking at it. Two people liked it, and one commented. So why do I say it’s a popular post? One thing I get…

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…

I’m Not Stressed, Dammit!

Have you looked at a picture of yourself, and you swear you don’t look like that? That’s because we generally have an inaccurate perception of ourselves. Part of it is because our mirror images are always reversed. I think the rest has something to do with the inability to control the elements around us. Like…

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…

20 Things I Want For 2015

There’s a hashtag going around on Twitter today: #20ThingsIWantFor2015. I thought the presence of “20” was amusing, because who can write about 20 things in 140 characters? Fortunately, I have a blog with unlimited characters. MWHAHAHA! That sounded more maniacal than I planned. Anyway. I’ll count down from 20. Because New Years. Some are serious,…

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…