The 5 Ws of Sensory Stimulation Strategies

The 5 Ws of Sensory Stimulation Strategies

The rise – and inevitable classroom banning – of fidget spinners has inspired conversation about the value of sensory stimulation techniques, and the true difference between a “fidget” and a “toy”.  What is the difference, and how...
Why Kids Need Our Empathy, Not Our Criticism

Why Kids Need Our Empathy, Not Our Criticism

In my experiences talking with parents, through both my job and my social circles, it seems there is an increasing understanding of the many challenges children face and arrive with every day at school. This is something educators see frequently, as they get to know...
Substitute Teaching-Tips and Tricks

Substitute Teaching-Tips and Tricks

During the last 18 years in education, first as a teacher then as an administrator, I’ve had the privilege of working with many substitute teachers. Those experiences have provided me with some insight into what substitute teachers can do to help make going to...
Invitation Overload

Invitation Overload

When school starts you get the influx of notices, fundraisers and everything else under the sun…including birthday party invitations for children you’ve never heard of. Why? Because many classrooms have a policy that if you’re going to hand out birthday party...
An Open Letter to the School Bully

An Open Letter to the School Bully

Dear School Bully & Your Parent, There are so many things I want to say and ask you that I don’t really know where to begin. I guess I’ll start by asking you why you do and say the cruel things you do. Do you realize how hurtful your words and actions are to those...