Elementary School

Books For Children Age 4 to Adult

  “Your Kids Aren’t Too Old for Picture Books, and Neither Are You” article by Pamela Paul was in the February 20 New York Times. She is the author of the book How to Raise a Reader. Her message and spirit are precious and most informative for teachers and parents. Having read many books to young people…

How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt

I first came across author Robert Sutton when I viewed him on a Daniel Pink video. I was immediately intrigued by the title of his book, The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt.”  Then, I was surprised to read the NYTimes  article “Michael Jordan: N.B.A. Champ, Marketing Legend and ……

What’s it mean to be new?

This may be the first actual blog I’ve help[fully written since beginning my new job in mid-October. Here’s a short list of what it looks like to be new, and what to remember. Be you. Your passions and your strength are what secured this position for you. Don’t forget that..even when you feel like you…

Make Schools More Human

 “Make Schools More Human” by Jal Mehta appeared in the NYTimes Sunday Review section on December 27, 2020. It cites Casco Bay High School in Maine, a school where students had the idea of writing a song that would celebrate community and social isolation. Well, look at what these students came up with for a virtual…

Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man

Recently in a book club, I was introduced to Emmanuel Acho (former NFL player and now a Fox Sports analyst) and his book Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man. After rapidly reading the book — it is so good — I then discovered his series of YouTube videos with the same title. He is an…

Reflections: Online Learning, Distance Teaching, and Life in the Midst of COVID-19

“Reflections: Online Learning, Distance Teaching, and Life in the Midst of COVID-19” is an article I wrote for the National Association of Independent School’s (NAIS) Fall 2020 Independent Teacher publication.  Along with my reflections, you will find many links to stories I read to children and shared with them during the initial online learning/teaching as a result…

2020 Holiday Gift Guide for Principals

Welcome to the holiday gift guide for principals! Principals don’t expect gifts for the holidays. So put your money away if you are one of my teachers, school families, or students. However, if your own families want to gift you the things that make their lives easier then…BRING IT!!! *Disclaimer – These are NOT affiliate…