I am a substitute teacher for kindergarten through sixth grade classes. Each day I face a new set of students and strive to provide order, learning and – oh yes—some fun, too! It amazes me how every class seems to have certain “types”: the brain, the clown, the shy one, etc., yet each and every child is unique. I am blessed by the souls that swirl around me in a colorful quilt of personalities, nationalities and originalities. My job provides plenty of fodder for writing! I hope you enjoy my musings on the profound, poignant and pretty darn funny experiences that I have each and every day.

A Hidden Gem

A Hidden Gem Today I subbed for a 5th grade class at a small school nestled in a low-income neighborhood on the south east part of town. Stray dogs wandered the streets as I pulled into the parking lot. There were no painted murals of mascots on the gray, cement...

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How to Stop Mass Shootings

I just came across this article from Reader's Digest that describes one teacher's ingenious practice to identify and treat the lost and lonely children in her class.  After my belly-aching about teachers who don't do their job, I thought it only fitting to share this...

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The Google Classroom Day

On February 14th, I subbed for a third grade class in an industrial, lower income neighborhood. Trash drifted in the gutters and across the brown lawn of the aging school. I arrived a half hour before classes started and got the key from the secretary and hurried to...

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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment I witnessed a system of crime and punishment today—while substituting in a kindergarten classroom! Tell me what you think of the system I observed—was it just? Was it helpful? Was it necessary? Here is what I saw: After lunch, I went to pick up my...

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Today I had a humbling experience in the classroom. I was a substitute teacher for a fourth grade class. Their assignment was to do a page of double digit multiplication problems. The teacher left instructions that there were some students who were having difficulty with the concept. She also said that the students could group themselves in pairs to do the work. So I announced the assignment…

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