“I'd rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.” --Ani DiFranco I created a handbook of classroom regulations and procedures for my fifth graders during my second and third years of teaching in New York. Here's an excerpt from it: Academic dishonesty (e.g., cheating, copying, plagiarizing) will not… Continue reading The Big Picture: Honesty
Tag: The Big Picture Series
The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?
I live with a first grader. Here were her two big concerns prior to the first day of school: One. Will my teacher be nice? Two. Will I have any friends? I think we could ask any student, in any grade, in any school what their top two concerns are prior to starting a new… Continue reading The Big Picture: What are kids thinkin’ on the first day?
The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!
I was about 15 when a family member shared a quote with me that was inscribed on a wall of his high school: "We live in deeds, not years." It was something worth remembering. I tucked it into my mind, reminding myself of it on birthdays. By the time I reached my mid-twenties, I realized… Continue reading The Big Picture: Pay no mind to the calendar or your watch! Just pay attention to what you do with your days!
The Big Picture: Our Colleagues.
We've never really done a "series" per say here on Two Writing Teachers, but it seems that this week our posts have the makings of a series about what really matters when it comes to education. So we're making it official, and for the rest of the week you'll see posts around this topic. On… Continue reading The Big Picture: Our Colleagues.
What are you chasing?
Yesterday, Ruth wrote a post entitled "The Big Picture." It reminded me of this quote from Mitch Albom's Book Tuesdays with Morrie: "So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you… Continue reading What are you chasing?
the big picture.
The first day of school is tomorrow and I can hardly wait. Bags are loaded, clothes are pressed, lunch is packed and since this is my 9th first day of school (as a teacher), I know that I will sleep lightly and wake up well before the alarm clock. Going into the new year, I… Continue reading the big picture.