My Heart Aches for Grand Bahamians

Three weeks ago Hurricane Dorian stalled for 30 hours with winds reaching 200 mph over Grand Bahama resulting in catastrophic destruction to an island already ravaged by Irma in 2017, and Matthew in 2016. Grand Bahama has a special place in my heart because last year, I was an Assistant Professor at the University of The Bahamas (UB) teaching education courses and supervising student teachers. It was fun, interesting, a great learning experience, and an exciting new cultural adventure. And I loved my students!

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9 Lessons Learned from Teaching Developing and Dormant Readers

There’s a movement right now in education to end the term 'struggling' readers.  And I love it! Our students aren’t violently breaking free from shackles; they are on a learning journey, and we are here to help them become their best and to instill a lifetime of learning.  So I’m changing my vocabulary to 'developing' and 'dormant' readers, instead of struggling and reluctant. I heard these previous terms, somewhere on Twitter, and I like them a lot so they are now with me!  

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The Dynamic Duo: Poetry and Fluency

Poetry and fluency are like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Their reciprocal relationship complimented one another and their dancing was expressive, emotive, fluid, easy to understand and a joy to watch. It was a visual language. Similarly, fluency in reading is pleasing to the ear and mind, so the text is easier to understand and allows one to create a movie in your head.

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Using Picture Books to Teach Global Competence

Our young children are inquisitive.  They are trying to understand the world around them by asking questions, LOTS of questions, about their immediate world, their neighborhood, and their larger global society.  In this post, I want to share Global Book Bags (GBB). 

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International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is the time to celebrate the women who have made a difference in our lives, and our world. It’s also a time to reflect, question, and challenge stereotypes and bias towards women.

One such way to reflect, question, and challenge stereotypes and bias towards women, is to introduce young children through a dialectical process involving picture books, articles, literature and online pieces where they can examine characters, real people and their contributions to society.  And learn to become fearless!

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Tragically, we are once again engulfed in the School Safety debate.  And rightfully so.

The President tweeted yesterday, Thursday the 21st, concealed guns to gun adept teachers with military or special training experience. A “gun free” school is a magnet for bad people.”  And for some people, “a good guy with a gun, stops a bad guy with a gun.”  But that didn’t work in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Florida when a seasoned armed guard in uniform “didn’t go in”.

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The Power of Three

Way back in the 15th century, the aristocratic Italian Borromeo families created a coat of arms. Their coat of arms bears three interconnected rings to show the indissoluble friendship and unity. The removal of one link would break the balance and harmonious relationship.  Nonetheless, I only know this because I was trying to persuade my husband to visit this stunning island, but it wasn’t all bad, as we agreed on Paris. It is interesting to note that this symbolic representation and cohesion is also found in early Buddhism and Viking cultures.

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