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,

The Things We Do For Students

Kermit and Steve were our classroom frogs. I purchased them mid January and created several weeks’ worth of differentiated, multidisciplinary lessons based on these amphibians. Our class desperately needed something to help us bond and get us through the long, dreaded stretch between winter break and spring. Since we weren’t allowed any classroom pets with

The Weave

We were waiting for the bus when Tanisha approached me in her puffy pink jacket with tears streaming down her face. I asked her what was wrong and her mouth opened and closed several times in silent sobs before she finally spoke. “Joshua said I have a weave,” she said. Joshua, who was right behind

Answering Tough Questions

Ms. Carroll’s first graders were coloring pictures of Harriet Tubman and Robert E. Lee. I was amazed at the details they included-Tubman’s red bandana and Lee on horseback carrying the confederate flag. Wandering around the clusters of desks, I noticed Daniel’s raised hand, summoning me to the other side of the room. He looked ready

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