Water Bottles: Endocrine Disruptors, Phthalates, and Boys.

I’ve been reading boys adrift by Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D. I’m from Boston, Massachusetts. When you’re from there M.D., Ph.D. is like crack to a drug addict.  It gives you a speedy high.  It is also like nutritious food and steady exercise for the body.  It produces key information, superb results, and worthy of following….

When a Student has a Death in the Family

What you could do is a student has a death in the family.

Childhood Development in Jeopardy: How You Can Make a Difference

Childhood development once a major focus in programs for preparing teachers, seems to be forgotten. The onslaught of standardized testing, the explosion of technology, and high academic expectations, appear to overpower learning and respecting developmental stages. What does “high academic expectations” even mean? That a toddler writes the dinner menu, adds up all the books…

Finland: Start loving the Finnish educational system

I became intrigued with Finland and what is happening in the Finnish educational system since reading, “The Smartest Kids in the World,” by Amanda Ripley. First Finland is the number one country in the world, according to the results of PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) test. The PISA test is not a multiple choice, regurgitated…

Coaching, Sue B. Zimmerman, and My Mission

I had a coaching session with Sue B. Zimmerman.  Sue had success as an entrepreneur early in her life.  She had an impetus within her as well as a model in her dad, who was a business owner.  Sue loves talking with and helping people.  She has grown into a huge success through her Instagram…

Students are not Scholars, yet.

Dear [Insert School Name]: First, I would like to say thank you for hiring [insert teacher name].  She made the days my son spent in her classroom inspiring and full of genuine care.  I am a teacher of seventeen years who filled the roles of Literacy Specialist, Language Acquisition Facilitator, Literacy Coach, and Reading Recovery…

A personal perspective, well it is my blog after all… (wink wink)! I’ve been in teaching long enough to have seen the trends of let’s celebrate to “do not mention the word…” I’ve witnessed tons of candy, parties, celebrations, costumes, and sheer bliss pulsing out of the bodies of children. I have also seen the…

Essential Oils In the Classroom

Extra!  Extra!  Read all about it!  That is how I feel about this topic! Would you drink phthalates? Would you like a plate of terpene? Do you enjoy the fresh air over formaldehyde? Do you feel responsible for the growing minds and bodies in your classroom? Would you ever want to harm the endocrine or reproductive…