Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Risk It

A major part of my classroom technique involves music.

Music can relax a child enough to put them to sleep, energize play, and can even help a child pick up a language.

My favourite music to play at school is Ronno (and not just because my daughter grew up listening to him!).

One verse of Ronno's song, Risk It, really applies to my attitude toward teaching:

Oh sometimes you gotta risk it
Gotta step out on a limb
Hey, when your knees are knockin'
The miracles begim
Just say 'I'm scared, but I don't care. I'm gonna try, and then
Well if things don't work out this time you can simply try again

You go into class with an idea of what you're going to teach, but sometimes you have to step back and say, "they're not learning like this. What can I do differently? How can I help my class learn?".

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hello & Welcome!

I'm creating content and putting final touches on my site in preparation for its official launch... and getting very excited!

In this first post, I just want to say thank you for visiting, and I truly hope that my site leaves you entertained, empowered and armed with lots of resources!

If you're curious about my background....

About Me:

I'm passionate about advocating for children's mental health, literacy and well-being.

I've always known I wanted to work with children, and that calling was amplified by parenting my own kids, 21 year-old Rebecca and 16 year-old Jacob.

I have been a teacher for over 8 years. Nothing makes me happier than knowing I have made a difference in the lives of my students. Right now, I am teaching junior kindergarten.

An expert in advocating for children with special needs, I founded The Selectively Silent Child in 1999 to aid parents in helping their children cope with childhood anxiety.

I specialize in consulting with parents whose children are ages 3-7 and seek help with anxiety, autism and/or academic difficulty.

I offer freelance parenting consulting services. Contact me for more information.

Looking forward to getting to know you,