Author Archives: kateak

Believe

“Santa Claus is not real,” announced a little girl in my class last week.  “It’s grandmas and grandpas who bring all the gifts. My mom told me.” I looked up from what I was doing, horrified. The class considered her … Continue reading

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Making Amends

I was on the playground last week when I noticed a little girl – “V” – sitting by herself looking despondent.  This is a child who is very empathetic to others and quite sensitive, but self assured and rarely phased … Continue reading

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Not all Hearts and Roses

A friend confessed to me yesterday that he thought my last blog entry was “fluffy”.   He told me that I was beginning to sound like teaching was all hearts and roses and he intuited that I was missing an opportunity … Continue reading

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Diversity of Thought in the Classroom

A couple of weeks ago, I attended TedX BeaconStreet, a conference that touts a who’s who list of the most brilliant speakers in technology, entertainment, and design. ,  The parent company, Ted, (Ted.com) has a tagline that reads:  “Ideas Worth … Continue reading

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Happily Ever After – The Power of Storytelling

“Wow,” I say to a little boy in my class.  “Now that is an interesting picture you made.  I’m so curious about it.” He is holding up a paper with orange, black, yellow, and green scribbles.  The little boy, “D”, … Continue reading

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The Fun and Frenzy of the Field Trip

What they don’t tell you when you become a teacher is that a class field trip can be among the most stressful days of the entire school year.  Oh sure, it looks like it’s all a fun and happy adventure, … Continue reading

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It’s 5:00 Somewhere – The Classroom Cocktail Party

“I love your classroom,” a colleague said to me recently. “Every time I go in there, it feels like a cocktail party.” I wasn’t sure at first how to take this comment, but it made me chuckle.  I mean, hey, … Continue reading

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Everyone Loves a Good Story

One of the reasons I love teaching is that I am genuinely fascinated by people’s stories.  When you teach, no matter what age, what ability, what subject, you learn so much about your student’s lives.  As teacher, you get to … Continue reading

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The Man With No Hands

I was walking along the Charles River today when I saw a guy that lives in my neighborhood.  This man has no arms or hands.  He is often out walking or at the nearby restaurants.  I hadn’t seen him in … Continue reading

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Why the Village Matters

In lieu of having a classroom of kids to inspire my blog this summer, I have been getting all sorts of ideas about community through my nieces and nephew.  I have a three year-old niece, an only child who has … Continue reading

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