Category: Teaching the Teacher

Outside

It makes kids squeal with delight and without fail, run as fast as they can into the wide open arms of possibility.  (You have to see a group of first graders tear out into the school yard the second rings, …

Ms. Sumra vs. Motherhood

With just one week left before I officially head back into work (and a few days before my daughter turns one), I can’t help but feel nostalgic about this epic last year. Before having a baby I was feeling mighty …

Pattycakes for Recess?

So I’m not sure what this big ol’ belly means for this wee little blog of mine. For the last three years, Pancakes for Recess has been my journal, my filing cabinet, my scrapbook, my show & tell, my treasure …

The Write Start

I certainly don’t profess to be a professional writer or blogger but whatever it is that I do, I enjoy it.  I enjoy the act of noticing stories around me, I enjoy searching for the perfect word, and I enjoy …

The “Other” Kids

Lucky for me, my duties as Acting VP include a teaching load of 40%.  This is comprised of teaching one period a week of the following:  grade one, kindergarten (5 classes, all at the same time, no joke) and a …

Animal School

This fable was written in the 1940′s by George Reavis, a former Assistant Superintendent of the Cincinnati School District: Once upon a time the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of a “new world” so …