Category Archive: School

Tina Chapstick

There is a third grader at Rose Water Elementary School that has the cutest name…Tina Chapstick. However, do not be fooled by the name. Tina is tough as any boy, especially when it comes to her favorite sport…soccer.  While visiting the school, I had a chance to watch Tina play in a soccer game. The …

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Middle School Students Connecting Through Reading

I understand as an author that connecting with the reader is the most important goal. For students, that goal can be extremely difficult. I  know that middle school students will have little patience for a book. The story must start fast, continue to read fast, and have a terrific ending. Most authors that write for a younger …

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25 Things I Like About Teachers

1. On the first day of school, the teacher arranges the student’s desks in small groups and gives each group a team name. I love this, because five small groups work together better than one large group of twenty-three students. 2. On the first day of school, the teacher has a smile plastered on their …

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School Motto’s and Sayings

“Hardworking, Empathetic, Active Learner, Respectful, Trustworthy.” ~ Atwater Elementary, North Port, FL. “High expectations for all!” Emma E. Booker Elementary, Sarasota, FL “We’re cruisin’ to success!” Gocio Elementary, Sarasota, FL “Up the ante…A Year of Refinement, using what we know, to change what we do.” Wilkinson Elementary, Sarasota, FL “Believe in all our possibilities!” Sarasota …

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Alta Vista Elementary: Every child successful…everyday.

Alta Vista caught my attention, because they have so many programs to assist their students along with my favorite subject: Aspiring Youth Authors.  Here are just a couple examples for this summer:  The Flying Eagles Program: Teachers provide intensive instruction for reading and math. This is for all students entering third grade and is based …

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