Why I Threw Away That Summer Homework Packet!

So my daughter comes up to me, asking for help with her summer homework packet shortly after school ended. For those of you who don’t know (or don’t have any children or nieces/nephews), at the end of the school year, … Continue reading Why I Threw Away That Summer Homework Packet!

Renewal: A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

  When I think of renewal I think about the time when I was a 2nd grade teacher in the Bronx and I would always look towards September with a great deal of optimism, excitement and hope, emotions tinged with a fair amount of last minute jitters and unfounded worries. In June you “break down” your classroom to make sure that the school janitor and his staff can either clean the room, paint the walls if need be and polish the wood grain floors plus a host of other things they do while we’re away enjoying our summer reprieve. Then … Continue reading Renewal: A WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope

When I think of hope I think of our children. I think of the future thinkers, problem-solvers, leaders, writers, scientists, peace-keepers, soldiers and educators who will make not only our country and ultimately our planet grow and strive, but will secure the fate of mankind to continue to flourish and survive. As a former elementary school educator in New York City, I always had this hope in mind whenever I taught the many beautiful and wonderfully intelligent children of the Bronx. Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Hope