* Happy New Year!

Although this isn’t the REAL new year, the 2018-2019 school year, it’s still a great time for taking stock of where you’ve been and where you are going with your students.  Bless you if you live and die by pacing guides and a district that emphasizes teaching to the test.  Ignoring that major speed bump for now, my best advice is to love your students each day.

What does it look like to love your kiddos?  Believing in each one.  Knowing their strengths and challenges.  Smiling and laughing.  Connecting with families.  Being patient with them and yourself.  Buying a daily calendar with pages that can be ripped off and torn into shreds if it was THAT kind of day, never to be held against anyone.

On the topic of daily calendars, I bought us the 2019 New Yorker cartoon version and am most disappointed.  You can even buy the cover cartoon as a poster, if you lack a sense of humor and have a bare wall in your shed.  My dearest teaching widower had to google it before we understood the “joke.”  You know what they say about explaining jokes….*  Of course, we may hold the minority opinion on that.  No one has asked me to publish anything anywhere.

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I’ve got a lot of catching up to do in the blogosphere but I am not making any resolutions.  You could make it a resolution to read my blog every day, knowing full well that there won’t be daily posts.  That will give you time to follow up on other resolutions, such as reading current brain research, hunting for new teaching technologies, and using that new gym membership or exercise app.  Right.

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