The Day That Science Won

The Day That Science Won — Mike Mangiaracina The first day of school is usually a day of small moments. Teachers work hard to manage each transition, knowing that an overabundance of control now will pay dividends for the rest...
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Back to School

Wilbur Wright was once asked what his favorite moment was in the invention of the airplane. He responded that his favorite part was not the flying, but lying in bed before they had succeeded, imagining what it would be like...
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#NationalTeachersDay, week, month, year…

Today is #NationalTeachersDay. Be sure to thank a teacher today! But let’s also remember how much they do each and every day – and give  them our thanks and support throughout the year. That’s why we created the Thank You,...
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The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story

May 13th Book Giveaway: In honor of World Bonsai Day (May 13th), we will be giving away an autographed copy of The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story written by Sandra Moore and illustrated by Kazumi Wilds....
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My poems walk through the classroom door each day.

While Nikki Giovanni’s poem, “Poetry,” came to me recently, it speaks to the oldest part of my teaching soul: the artist I want to be. We often hear that teaching is both a science and an art. I agree. There...
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Finally thanking the teachers I always meant to thank!

As a former PTA president and mother of two children, I know how jam-packed this time of year can be. After the relatively quiet month of January, each month goes faster and faster, as if we are sliding down a...
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Come on in, we’re daydreaming!

A few weeks ago, I had the most amazing conversation with a group of 4th graders. We were revisiting a list of classroom behaviors we made together at the beginning of the school year. We had grouped the list into...
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Announcing the Winner of Simple Gifts

Congratulations to Valerie Sin for winning an autographed copy of Judy Brown’s Simple Gifts! Many thanks to Judy for her generous donation of her book.  We’ll have a drawing for her book, The Art of Spirit of Leadership, later on...
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Notes from the Playground: Stars

Stars – Greg John When the lights went out during a nighttime performance at the school a few weeks ago, we decided to clear the building and get folks home. Fifteen minutes later, only six neighborhood kids, all in the...
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