Battery Recycling II

A number of years ago I was attending a barbecue. One of my retired friends was taking pictures and I noticed, at one point, that he changed out his batteries. I asked him what he was going to do with them. When he said that he would simply be putting in the garbage, I mentioned… Continue reading Battery Recycling II

Battery Recycling – PART I

In 2003 I started a battery recycling program at my school. At that time there were few options for the disposal of small batteries. Students and community members were invited to drop off any type of household battery. The spent batteries were then shipped to a recycling plant in Ontario. Shipping and processing costs were… Continue reading Battery Recycling – PART I

I Saw The Light

I Saw The Light Four years ago I had surgery on my right knee. Prior to the operation, I was prepped and lying on a gurney. The attendant wheeled me down the hall and around the corner. We stopped just outside the operating room. She told me to relax and that she would be back… Continue reading I Saw The Light

RAPIDMAN 800

RAPIDMAN 800 Just as the calendar was changing from July to August, the Back-to-School signs came out. I must admit that I experienced a small internal giggle. While shopping at a local office supplies store, I noticed a bin of 4-function calculators. They were selling for $1.99. I thought of the RAPIDMAN 800. The above photo… Continue reading RAPIDMAN 800

Politically Correct – PART II

On the same day I was in the coffee shop, I had been listening to the radio. Much attention was being given to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. During one particular broadcast, one of the interviewees offered the following bit of trivia: “Did you know that Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was… Continue reading Politically Correct – PART II

Think Alouds – PART III

I don’t want to give the impression that I shared all of this with my friend. My suggestions focused mainly on what I covered in Part I, but our conversation reminded me of the strategies I did with my own children and as a teacher. With my son and daughter I really enjoyed simply playing… Continue reading Think Alouds – PART III

Think Alouds – PART II

When a child is older and showing interest in the books you read, one has an excellent opportunity to demonstrate and encourage specific thinking skills. Questions can be asked to stimulate thought, and you can invite the child to think of his/her own questions; questions they might like to ask the characters in the book… Continue reading Think Alouds – PART II