Common Core and the Death of Kindergarten

criticism of common core

Something ugly is happening in America's kindergarten classrooms. ┬áPlaytime and finger painting are a thing of the past. ┬áKindergarten, due to the stranglehold of Common Core standards, is now the new first grade. ┬áThe stress and demands placed upon our nation's 5 and 6 year olds, in my educational opinion, is ludicrous. As a former first … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Teachers: Do’s & Don’ts

holiday gift ideas for teachers, teacher gift ideas

  By the end of my 7th year of teaching, I amassed 1,500 candles, 74 bottles of body lotion/shower gels, and 45 coffee mugs. Please for the love of consumerism, do not buy these for the teachers in your child's life.   Of course, I appreciated all gifts. It just becomes a running joke after you open that 45th: Best … [Read more...]