Learning the Language of Emotions

Learning the Language of Emotions

What is mental health? Can you see it? Can you hear it? Can you feel it? If it’s not working, can it be fixed? In my 39 years of teaching, I have learned to recognize typical student behavior traits; traits that can be easily managed with a positive reward...
Emphasizing Assets to Overcome Deficits

Emphasizing Assets to Overcome Deficits

In my career as a Literacy Coach, Intervention Specialist, and a Classroom Teacher, I have had many opportunities to teach in a variety of classrooms where I would often start my lessons by saying, “Raise your hand if you believe that you are on your way to College.”...
Summer Craft Time: Paper Plate Maracas!

Summer Craft Time: Paper Plate Maracas!

Summer is filled with so many things for families and children – summer camp, beaches, swimming pools, vacations. But the hot, lazy days can also find parents or caregivers at a loss to stimulate young minds during their down time. Here’s where craft time can come in....
Inviting Magic Into Your Life

Inviting Magic Into Your Life

As the girls get older, I feel like we are on borrowed time in the magical realm. They all still believe in the Easter Bunny, Mr. Claus, leprechauns, and fairies. You name it and they believe in it with their whole being. I know it’s inevitable that they will learn...