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No Faster Way

Working with Yasmin is always, on one hand, an absolute delight, and on the other hand, an utter frustration.  She is one of the most diligent students I’ve ever known, eager to learn and willing to stretch herself, approaching me … Continue reading

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16 Reasons

Aaron is new on my caseload this year. He’s a bright-eyed second grader who is in almost constant motion, bouncing and wiggling and re-tying his shoes.  Frustration tolerance has always been a challenge for Aaron, but last year, his issues … Continue reading

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FaceBlog: 2/04/2016

I am on the recess yard, at the tail end of a conflict mediation involving two second-grade boys. Another child from their class approaches me to alert me to another conflict involving three additional children. I turn to the kids … Continue reading

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Empathy

One part of my job that gives me a great deal of satisfaction is the whole-group instruction I do around social and emotional skills.  Typically, when I have a student, like Peter, for whom perspective taking and managing strong feelings … Continue reading

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FaceBlog With Picture: 1/06/2016

Every time it rains heavily, our school playground floods, and there is a puddle 50 feet wide and three inches deep, separating the primary building from the upper building, cutting off access from cafeteria to bathrooms, making outside unsafe even … Continue reading

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Imagination

In Ms. Andrea’s 5th grade class, students are reading Home of the Brave, the story of a Sudanese boy who comes to Minnesota after he watches his father and brother die at the hands of government soldiers.  The writing is … Continue reading

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Destiny

I am working with Jonathan on his Mountain Lion essay.  It has, per classroom instructions, an introductory paragraph and three additional paragraphs.  What they eat, where they live, and… “Destiny?” “Destiny.  Destiny is very important.  All characters have a destiny. … Continue reading

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