What’s your favorite book you’ve read or heard? I have many favorites and so do my kids, and I’m sure you still remember the first time you read its pages. I’ll never forget taking two of my children to see Ladybug Girl and The Bug Squad live. Based on stories written by David Soman and Jackie Davis, the series talks about the many ways that Lulu solves problems and engages in play through the power of imagination. At the time, my older child struggled to read well and still stumbled through some of the words on the pages. I thought it would be great to encourage her by seeing this story come to life, and we got so much more from the experience. Here are four takeaways from the experiences with attending literature turned plays.
Now that the summer’s in full swing, families are looking for ways to maximize the downtime they may have during these next few weeks. One of our favorite places to go is our local public library, not only because it has tons of books–and air conditioning for those hot days, but also because many really cool things happen all throughout the year [especially during summer break]. The public library has so much to offer, so here are a few things you can do alone, with friends, or with your family at the best place to learn a new language, gain perspective on a historical event, or build a new skill.
Always burning the late-night oil, crafting that perfect lesson or grading papers? Overwhelmed with maintaining a healthy life/work balance, running out of sick or personal days, losing instructional control in the classroom and don’t know how to cope with traumatic situations with students, needing help to keep up with as well as easy access to important documents, or counting down to the next holiday when school’s closed? Maybe you’ve taken on a new responsibility–willingly or out of need–and it’s becoming a bit too much to bear. If you’ve been here at some point [I can relate to some of these], then it’s time to put things on pause. Doing so not only helps bring things back into balance personally and professionally, but it pays dividends in your classroom as well because these kinds of feelings have a tendency to impact the classroom culture.
Rest and relaxation [R&R] strategies help keep whether the school year’s ending or it’s a few days off, taking the time to recharge and reset physically, emotionally and psychologically is key to preventing teacher burnout and compassionate fatigue. This is something that some professionals don’t talk a lot about. Don’t worry or be ashamed, because I want to help you maintain or regain your passion for why you chose to be an education professional in the first place. Take a look at these tips to see how they can help you get back in the swing of things or determine if you need a change in direction.
Summer’s in full swing, and many students are out of school, with caregivers looking for meaningful activities to keep their kids engaged through those long summer days. Reading is a great way to do this–as ongoing reading and learning opportunities help stymie the summer slide phenomenon kids experience annually1. Why not engage in this activity as a family or better yet as a community? Read on for some ways you can make reading clubs fun and excite the whole family.
Now that school's out and the days are long, many use the time to travel and see what's local and far away. With bags packed and kids in tow, families get on the road, train, boat or plane to explore…
Entering it's twelfth year of existence, Caribbean American Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the culture, history, natural beauty, and diversity of the nations connected to the Caribbean Sea (save the Bahamas, Bermuda, and Turks and Caicos Islands, which call the…