Category Archives: Teaching

“sticks and stones”

Remember the childhood ditty that well-intentioned grownups encouraged us to say in response to our playmates’ verbal taunting or teasing? “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me…” I was thinking about the implications of … Continue reading

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Deaf ears…Speak, Lord….

“Please sit safely.” …”Please put your toys away…Now.” …”Please stop talking.” Over the years, words I’ve spoken as teacher or parent to children over whom I have had authority and responsibility often have fallen on so-called “deaf ears.” Which brings … Continue reading

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out with the pots etc.; in with the water

Remember being told in school never to define a target word using the target word itself? …Last week, when I asked different grades of elementary students to define a leader, and/or to describe the game “follow the leader,” I realized … Continue reading

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as if for the first time….

An author by desire and an educator by profession,  I  love words. I love to play with words. I love to notice things about words–although not just  about words. Yesterday, when I was scanning with a bar code scanner a … Continue reading

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