A Teacher’s Perspective on Wonder

Last night, my family went to see the movie Wonder. I hoped my two, young sons would watch the movie and leave with a renewed understanding of what it means to be kind, but I wasn’t prepared for the lesson it had for me. It is November. The season of darkness and paperwork. By November,

Is Special Ed Forever?

In November, I sent my first student to a general education class. It was for math only, fifty minutes a day, in a fourth-grade classroom—one grade level lower than the student’s actual age. I initiated and pursued this placement because the student was out-performing the other students in my self-contained class, and I had a

Beyond the Flashcards

Today we wrote about Godzilla. Godzilla fought King Kong at the Sears Tower and army troops had to be called in to break it up. Yesterday, it was anacondas in the jungle eating jaguars, giraffes and lions. I’m a little worried about what the principal might think of our topics if she happened to walked

Grammar Nazi

Kevarri loved dinosaurs. The second grade, student of the month, knew the meat-eaters from the plant-eaters, and the two-legged from the four, but he rarely raised his hand. I subbed in Kevarri’s class last week with Ms. Beltramy, the student teacher. Ms. Beltramy has been teaching Kevarri’s class all school year, and Thursday morning, she