“Again!” He pushes the book back into my hands. “Again, Ms. Sylvan, AGAIN!” We’ve read this one four times already today. “We’ve read this one so many times! Would you like to pick a different one this time?” “NO! THIS ONE! AGAIN!” Again. This one. Nothing else will do.     If you work with …Continue reading

The Release Teaches

From the desk of Alice… It’s graduation season which always makes me reflective.  This year my oldest child graduates high school and one of my nieces graduated college recently so I am currently immersed in conversations about announcements, ceremonies and celebrations.   And please bear with me…in honor of Mother’s Day, I am going to wear …Continue reading

The Power of a Smile

“I will never understand all the good that a simple smile can accomplish.”  – Mother Teresa  I just read The 43 Habits of Absolutely Happy People by Brendan Baker and I found myself actively participating in habit #2 – smiling.  Then I came across an article in Psychology Today by Sarah Stevenson that reports smiling activates the “feel …Continue reading

Relationships Count

“It is the teachers who have created positive teacher-student relationships that are more likely to have the above average effects on student achievement.”  – Dr. John Hattie After years of extensive research on student learning, Dr. John Hattie found that the relationships teachers share with their students have a greater effect on their academic growth …Continue reading