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falling behind

I teach kids who are behind in their reading. Some are a bit behind and some are waaaaaay behind. I teach second graders who are not yet in the special education system to see if we can turn the around before that becomes necessary. But, lately I am beginning to wonder about something. Certain kids fall behind, […]

The Great Zabski

When my son was in seventh grade, he had a less than stellar English class experience learning-wise and personailty-wise. I despaired that that would change with the next person. Then Miss Z came along in grade 8. She was unusual. She was laid back, young, and a little disorganized. I thought, “Oh, crap.” But, man was I […]

The more things change….

When I was a new teacher, I used to think that my students would just leap to learn what I had to offer, coming to school eager to learn.  Ridiculous, as I myself hated almost every day of school from about 5th grade on. But as a newbie, I was sure we would forge a […]

things teachers wish parents knew

Brace yourself. Sometimes teachers do not like your kids.  Sometimes they do not like us.  However, since teachers are not there to be paid companions, we find a way to bond.  We can’t get anything accomplished unless we can forge some sort of connection. We may come to a different understanding in May than in […]