Don’t Grow Up To Be “That Guy”

Using public transportation to and from New York City each day has given me ample opportunity to observe a wide variety of human behavior.  It has also allowed me to build up a surprising amount of angst towards particular behavior that seems to be repeated over and over. The following list encompasses some of the…

Stop Telling Kids They’re Smart

What do you think of when you hear the word “smart”?  What does it mean to you?  More importantly, what does it mean to be the opposite of smart? When I was young, I had a pretty easy time with school;  things came quickly to me, I never really needed extra help or support, and…

5 More Minutes? Please??

Just five more minutes!   When is this going to be over?   When is lunch?   When is Grandma going to be here? Time and its passage is a concept that takes some time for children to develop.  Because it’s so abstract, young children will repeatedly ask when something is going to happen and…

The Amazing Liquid Timer

Mesmerizing, right? The bubbles aren’t even moving, and you just want to stare at it.  I know. Of my six-plus years in the classroom, four were spent in an integrated co-teaching classroom.  For those who don’t know, an ICT room has two teachers, sometimes paraprofessionals, and children with IEPs and without.  One of the perks…

The Hats We Wear

“A teacher wears many hats”.  Yes, having spent some years in the classroom, I can confirm that this is true.  However, we’re not the only ones.  Anyone who regularly spends time with young children must have about a thousand different hats in order to come anywhere close to meeting the myriad of needs children have…