Thirteen things I learned since turning 40 . . .

Okay, I had an absolute blast writing this blog entry. I knew I’d enjoyed life more since turning 40 and now I know why. 1) Gravity wins – no matter what you do, what you nip, tuck, stretch, strap down or hoist up, gravity wins. 2) I’m not as nice as I used to be – I have loads less patience for stupidity. Okay, mine included. Why do I put my glasses down when I know I won’t find them again? Where is that magical place that I keep putting my ‘most important’ documents? Why do people bother explaining things or giving directions when they don’t know how something works or WHERE they are, much […]

13 things I learned from teaching 4th grade:

1) Teachers, any of them, are not paid enough – NOT by a long shot! 2) A one-size educational system does not fit all children! Meaning – the government’s plan, ‘No child left behind’, doesn’t actually mean children aren’t left behind OR aren’t passed on to grades before they are truly ready. 3) There are way too many chiefs (government bureaucracy regulations) and too few Indians (actual teachers) involved in today’s educational decisions. 4) After writing several weeks on the board, I can remember true cursive writing. 5) 4th grade English is harder than I remembered. 6) Nine and ten year olds (4th graders) have wonderful imaginations. Want to know all the possibilities that can […]