My Five Favorite Characteristics of Exceptional Teachers

They love their students…even those who are most unlovable. They spend time getting to know their students on a daily basis.  They know that relationships are the foundation for all real learning. They say “yes” more than they say “no”.   They are willing to take risks and encourage their students to, as well. They are … More My Five Favorite Characteristics of Exceptional Teachers

To One of the Greats – a tribute to one of my favorite teachers

The first week of May is always a bit insane in my little town.  For being so small, our town has a booming dance studio, and dance takes over this week as our kids, ages 3-18, get ready for the annual recital.  I took my own daughter to dress rehearsal tonight.  It’s hard to believe … More To One of the Greats – a tribute to one of my favorite teachers

Equipping Leaders in the Age of Literacy

I taught in the primary grades for fifteen years. In general, primary grade teachers are all literacy leaders.  Teaching students to read and write are top priorities every day in their classrooms.  That importance doesn’t go away, however, just because kids get older.  Most students are successful as independent readers and writers by the time … More Equipping Leaders in the Age of Literacy