Book Review: Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide

Title: Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide Author: Patricia Romanowski Bashe Publisher: Harmony Books Date: 2014 (3rd rev ed) Pages: 564 [Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. I was in no way compensated or asked to write a favorable review. There you go.] This… Continue reading Book Review: Asperger Syndrome: The Oasis Guide

Transitions in Teaching, Lenten Reflection #12

Probably the most significant change that took place within the last year is that I changed schools, changed classrooms, changed students, and moved. So the past seven months or so have been spent getting to know an entirely new population of students: teaching years 1-3 were spent in an MD classroom with a variety of… Continue reading Transitions in Teaching, Lenten Reflection #12

Book Review: Zippy the Runner

Title: Zippy the Runner Author: JiYu Kim Illustrator: JeongHyeon Seon Publisher: Norwood House Press Year: 2015 Pages: 29 [Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my fair an unbiased review of this book. I was in no way compensated for my review and I was not required to write a positive… Continue reading Book Review: Zippy the Runner

500 Words Per Day: Long Days at School

Today was a long day at school, hence the title of this post. It was a long day of teaching that began as most of my days do: waking up from a night of restlessness and nightmares. The day ended with me sitting here at my laptop writing about what a long day it was… Continue reading 500 Words Per Day: Long Days at School

Teachers are Babysitters!? Really?

I recently posted at my blog that part of a solid education reform package would be keeping kids out of school until they are developmentally ready–say 6 or 7 (granted that some are developmentally ready at 5, but that none are ready at 3 or 4). I posted this to my LinkedIn account and got… Continue reading Teachers are Babysitters!? Really?

Thoughts on Education Reform, pt 3: True Education Reform Starts at Home

True education reform will take place when we all work together to make certain every single child is given the best, free and appropriate public education available. And that starts at home.

More Government Interference & Zero Tolerance

School should be a place of learning and joy and good memories, but when students have to live in constant fear of suspensions and expulsions for minor offenses–well, it takes its toll on everyone involved. It certainly isn’t helpful when everyone from the principal to the pre-school is at defcon 5 every minute, of every day.

Thoughts on Education Reform, Pt 2: Government Meddling in Education

What I think most educators want, at least it’s what I want, is for the government to get out of my classroom and let me teach. What I think would be great is if the government, the ones who control the money we send them, woud spend some of that money actually asking educators what WE think would be some necessary reforms for education. But I don’t think they will because they do not want to hear us tell them to get out of our way and let us teach.

Teacher Resources: We are Teachers

A quick post to alert readers to a new resource (new to me that is). The website is called We Are Teachers and from a quick look, there is a lot to enjoy. There is a brief registration one must follow in order to access all aspects of the website. It took me about 3 or… Continue reading Teacher Resources: We are Teachers

Raising Awareness for People with an ASD

I saw these links in my Twitter feed today and thought they were important enough to repost links here. The first deals with suicide and isolation among people with Asperger's. When I googled the terms "suicide" and "asperger's", I was surprised at how frequently the subject seemed to be treated with confusion – why would a person… Continue reading Raising Awareness for People with an ASD

Thoughts on Education Reform, Pt 1: Athletics & Academics

All I’m saying is that maybe a switch of emphasis will help bring about the reform folks are looking for. Maybe it’s not reform of the same tired methods we need, as much as an utter revolution of ideas and emphasis?

Recycling Play-Doh Canisters: Ordering Sizes, Matching Colors, & Sequencing Tasks

So gather the Play-Doh containers, grab an empty shoe box, and sort through your box of random or leftover manipulatives and, Voila!, a sorting, ordering, sequencing task is born.

Learning Addition or Multiplication Playing Games

This is also a great way to help the children exert some gross motor skills, practice mental math, and learn about social cooperation during game play. That’s what I love about building games like this: so much can be accomplished during the course of one game. Good luck.

Recycle, Reuse: Country Time Lemonade Containers & Film Containers

I have a book called Tasks Galore and the task I will share in this post is, to be sure, a riff on a task found in that book. Credit where credit is due and all that. I have modified my taks and made it a little sturdier and, as always, I have used recycled materials… Continue reading Recycle, Reuse: Country Time Lemonade Containers & Film Containers