Archive for April 2018

Time to Try a Different Way to Teach Reading

The only volunteer job I ever quit was being a reading fluency tutor shortly after I retired. The job was simple enough. I took fourth grade students whose reading skills were deemed below grade level, one at a time, to a quiet area in the hallway and asked them to read a passage three times.... Read more »

In Honor of Stress Awareness Month: Mom, the News, the Weather, and Me

OMG, it was snowing in Chicago on April 16. Did my grandkids wear their winter coats?  But even worse, it was pouring cold rain and extremely windy for the Boston Marathon. My kids and grandkids who live there hoped to watch it because there was no school. And that day’s headlines on Morning Joe: Comey’s... Read more »

Thoughts About a Woman President

I have read countless accounts of why Hillary lost the 2016 election. Comey’s remarks, Russian hacking, Trump tapping into the country’s anger and fear, folks sick of the Clintons, too much cultural change, economic inequality, the emails, Facebook and Twitter…the list is endless. I have read excerpts from What Happened, but just don’t have the... Read more »

In My World, Every Day is Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. I guess it’s a good idea to have a special day for autism since one out of every 68 kids in America is now diagnosed as having Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With odds like those, I suspect everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by ASD. I am... Read more »