Category Archives: Teaching

Teaching Kindergarten: Let Them Talk

When I first started teaching, I was afraid to let my kids talk too much. Or too loud. Or too long. Or too “funny.” I was afraid that other teachers would think I didn’t have control over my classroom if … Continue reading

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Teaching Kindergarten…I’m Through With Time Out And Pulling Cards

Or moving pins, or giving conduct checks, sad faces, stars, whatever you want to call it. I’m through with it, and I have ten years of reasons to share with all of you cringing teachers right now! I know what … Continue reading

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A Year in Kindergarten

It is August. I look around my classroom. The floors are clean and shiny, the crayons are perfectly in order, every toy and game piece and manipulative is in its place.  The chairs are pushed in, the computers are working, … Continue reading

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Thank You Mrs. Johnson

Fifth grade was the hardest year of my school experience. I struggled academically. I worried socially. I went on an emotional roller coaster daily. Until fifth grade, I had made good grades without really having to study too hard and … Continue reading

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Oh, The Questions They Will Ask!

Five and six-year-olds are good at many, many things. I mean, just think about it–they go so quickly from not even knowing how to write their names to actually reading and writing stories! The amount of knowledge that they soak … Continue reading

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Teachers Say The Craziest Things

You know, kids say crazy stuff. They do crazy stuff. And those of us who spend most of our days around them end up saying and doing crazy things ourselves. When a teacher is “in the moment,” sometimes words come … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Students Write About America’s Week

It’s been a long week,  America. We’ve fussed and argued and cried and argued and prayed and argued and resolved to stop and then kept arguing. We are like kids stuck in the backseat on a trip that has no … Continue reading

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About That Difficult Child…

They kick. They hit. They talk back. They yell at you. They stomp their feet, cross their arms, and refuse to budge. They destroy school property. They are not nice to the kids around them. They are difficult. I’m not … Continue reading

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The Miracle of Words

This morning I witnessed a miracle in my classroom. In the span of a few moments, faces were lifted, bonds were made, and friendships were salvaged. The year is coming to an end. Some weeks it feels as if first … Continue reading

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Kindergarten Students Explain Their Mom’s Best Recipe!

Every year at Mother’s Day, when I’m in my kindergarten year, I have my five and six-year-old students compile a cookbook for their mothers. I┬álove hearing how they explain their mothers’ best recipes! In recent years, my class has decided┬áto … Continue reading

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