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Food builds bridges to bring us together
      As the events of this week unfolded, I felt a bewildering mix of feelings including shame, pride, patriotism, and empathy. Shame for not being more politically active (tough as a teacher), pride that cub 2 voted, patriotism that the people had spoken, and empathy for those among us who are truly frightened by the election results. The fear of the unknown is often most emphatic, especially for children. Our president-elect has become the boogie man of their next four years. Keep in mind that fears are often unfounded but they remain fears until proven otherwise. As simple as it may sound, food builds bridges to bring us together
      It is true. Food builds bridges. A plate of brownies for a neighbor, soup kitchens for the homeless, cookies for college students during finals, dinners with colleagues, shared lunches in school, international fairs, and cookie exchanges are all examples of how food builds bridges. Teachers  and all Americans…

Imagine! My Voice Matters!

Imagine! My Voice Matters!

     The theme for #ECET2AR is My Voice Matters!  Today, as I walked through the hallways, I was reminded that, indeed, my voice does matter. One of our new teachers mentioned that my post resonated with her. She said that although she had earned the right to wear jeans this week, my blog post, Teachers as Professionals, convinced her that she needed to dress for success in the classroom. How cool is that? My first response was simply shock! I write in a seeming vacuum. I was unaware that any of the teachers at my school read either of my blogs. My next feeling was warmth. Something that I wrote affected one of our teachers positively.  Again, how cool is that? During this month of giving thanks, this was fantastic news! I am thankful!
    As I was leaving this evening, I walked out with the same teacher.  Due to my blog post, she had made connections between teachers at previous schools who dressed down and had the resultant classroom management issues. He…

Are teachers perceived as professionals?

Are teachers perceived as professionals? noun 1. a person engaged or qualified in a profession. "professionals such as lawyers and surveyors" synonyms:white-collar worker, office worker
"affluent young professionals."      Are teachers perceived as professionals?    When you Google the definition and images of professional, images of professionally dressed individuals appear. Teachers are professional but are often not perceived as such. SO, how do we change this ingrained, often negative perception?      Changing perceptions takes time. I write for myself only, not my school or any organizations of which I am a member.  I will readily admit that I was born at the end of the Baby Boomer generation. I was raised with the idea that I should dress for success. Lately, teachers come to school dressed as if they are ready for yoga. Stretchy pants and t-shirts have replaced cute skirts, slacks, and blouses for women. It is rare to see a man wearing a tie or even a collared …