“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

Each Kindness

“This is what kindness does, Ms. Albert said. Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.”  – Jacqueline Woodson, Each Kindness Whenever I look at a list of ways to help children become kinder or more compassionate, one suggestion is always to read books to them.  Books help all of …Continue reading

Even More Books About Belonging

Here’s my final list of books about belonging.  These continue, in a different way, to address questions like:  Do I belong?  Where?  Does being different matter?  Does location define me?  Am I acceptable as I am?  Tough questions from highly readable books. The Other Boy written by M. G. Hennessey; illustrated by Sfe R. Monster; …Continue reading

Opening the Box

  While attending a workshop recently I had a striking realization – you know – an educational epiphany.  As I took part in a dyslexia simulation, I felt that terrible feeling in my gut that so many of our children feel every single day in our classrooms.  My head was down and I was sneakily surveying …Continue reading

Love the Message

  There are many great authors and poet laureates whose words have stood the test of time, but for me the work of Dr. Seuss has had a lasting impact.  At a time when children’s books were less than stellar, Theodor Seuss Geisel became a “tour de force” in literature for the young and the …Continue reading