A weird thing happened at the beginning of the pandemic. If only for a brief moment in time, it seemed like the rest of the world appreciated teachers. Parents almost--DARE I SAY!--respected us! But, as per usual, teachers quickly went from hero to zero as the pandemic wore on and frustrated parents decided the health and well-being of everyone else wasn't as important as their kid's ... » Learn More about Before Freaking the Freak Out on Your Kid’s Teacher, Consider These 5 Things…
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Hiya! I’m Steph, English teacher by trade, smack-talker by nature, and mother of three who lives by the mantra: life is too short, LAUGH! I hope you’ll stick around and check out my musings!
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Fellow teachers will attest to the increased levels of nonsense that accompany the end of every school year. For example, we've got the truant students who reappear only to ask for extra credit. Personally, I like to remind them that the "extra" they're requesting implies they've previously earned ... » Learn More about It’s Time for That End of the School Year F*ckery!
Pittsburgh's Mister Rogers conjures up ideals of kindness, patience, and optimism. Those of us who grew up in his Neighborhood of Make-Believe are well-versed in his lessons on sharing, friendship, and inclusivity. We all know and love him for being the every-child advocate he was. The name Fred ... » Learn More about Attitudes are Caught, Not Taught: The Fred Method & Future of Learning
As a kid living in my parents' house, I derived insane amounts of pleasure from rearranging my bedroom. It was like as soon as that dresser was moved to the other side of the room, I WAS A NEW PERSON. I rearranged my bookshelves on the regular. Sometimes alphabetically, sometimes by genre, other ... » Learn More about Alphabetizing, Organizing, & Other Things Teachers Weirdly Enjoy
Letting our kids flounder and fail is a hard but necessary part of parenting. As a teacher, I've encountered my fair share of "fixers:" parents who want to save their child from the fight. Of course I'm not talking about a fight that leads to unsafe situations or harm; I'm talking about the kind of ... » Learn More about Hey Parents, Let’s Try Less Fixing & More Listening