General Teaching Topics, Regular Education

‘What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World’ by Taylor Mali – An Inspiring Read for All Teachers

While on vacation I stopped in the souvenir shop at the Library of Congress. I stumbled upon an adorable little book titled ‘What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World‘ by Taylor Mali. I had never heard of it but I instantly fell in love. It begins with Mali’s poem about What Teachers… Read More ‘What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World’ by Taylor Mali – An Inspiring Read for All Teachers

General Teaching Topics, Regular Education

‘Be Frank With Me’ by Julia Claiborne Johnson – A Great End of Year Read for Teachers

As the end of the school year gets closer and closer, I am feeling the anticipation of a large and harmonious sigh from teachers everywhere. However, in keeping with our mission of “teachers today, students forever” I find myself searching for strategies and opportunities to continue pushing, learning, and keeping my passion alive even though… Read More ‘Be Frank With Me’ by Julia Claiborne Johnson – A Great End of Year Read for Teachers

Deaf Education, Regular Education

Reading Pointer – A Simple Way to Build Motivation and Pre-Reading Skills for Early Readers. 

What are some of the first things we watch for when children are learning how to read? Some people may think “learning the alphabet” or “learning letter sounds”. Yes, teachers put a lot of emphasis here; however, various other skills are mastered prior to alphabetic knowledge. This reading pointer craft will help encourage and motivate… Read More Reading Pointer – A Simple Way to Build Motivation and Pre-Reading Skills for Early Readers. 

Deaf Education, General Teaching Topics, Regular Education

How to Use Yoga to Meet Gross Motor Standards & Explore New Concepts in the Classroom

  Recently, I have seen more focus on yoga and meditation in early childhood and primary classrooms. Some people hear that and think it’s a joke – “my kid(s) can’t sit still that long?”, or “They don’t have the ability to calm themselves and control their body like that!” Does this sound absurd to you… Read More How to Use Yoga to Meet Gross Motor Standards & Explore New Concepts in the Classroom

Deaf Education, General Teaching Topics, Regular Education

Babies and Sign Language – A Wonderful Combination

When working with children who have hearing loss you will discover there is a variety of communication modality options – Sign Language (American Sign Language OR English Sign Language), Auditory-Oral, Auditory-Verbal, Total Communication, etc. We will be expanding more on these options in the future, but for now I would like to highlight one modality… Read More Babies and Sign Language – A Wonderful Combination