What New Law of 2019 will affect New York State Teachers and Students?

What New Law of 2019 will affect New York State Teachers and Students?

While New York State teachers are mentally preparing their curriculums this summer for the upcoming school year one thing New York teachers may want to include in the curriculum is age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention training for students. As of June 20th, 2019 after an eight-year battle with a vote of 143-1 New York became the 37th state to pass the Erin’s Law, a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. The bill passed both houses of the state Legislature and is waiting on the signature of Governor Cuomo.  Continue reading “What New Law of 2019 will affect New York State Teachers and Students?”

5 Body Safety Rules Every Kid Should Know By 5

5 Body Safety Rules Every Kid Should Know By 5

It seems like the list of things you have to teach your kid is endless and the list keeps getting longer. However, one thing that should be prioritized is teaching your kid the 5 Body Safety Rules before they turn 5. You may question the urgency of such a topic but here’s why. Continue reading “5 Body Safety Rules Every Kid Should Know By 5”

5 Tips for Teaching Challenging Children

5 Tips for Teaching Challenging Children

Working with children can be rewarding but it can also be challenging especially if you add challenging children to the equation, children that are struggling behaviorally in particular. Let’s admit, it is hard and to be honest, sometimes you can feel depleted, drained, frustrated, exhausted and at your wit’s end and those are valid feelings as a human being you have every right to feel. Good news! Below are five tips that would help you teach that challenging child. Notice how I emphasized teach. As teachers, we are not called to just deal with challenging children but we are called to teach them effectively despite their challenging behavior. Continue reading “5 Tips for Teaching Challenging Children”

A Letter to Teachers of Challenging Kids!

A Letter to Teachers of Challenging Kids!

Dear Teachers,

That challenging kid/s in your class they never asked to be there but considering that destiny caused you two to meet its best you greet them with the intentions to teach them.

Their job is to grow as a student and your job is to help them grow knowing that all children learn differently even if the learning style between the way and others in their class learn are visible distinctly.

That kid/s is struggling behaviorally for a reason but you were put in their life during this season on purpose to be a visible display of what unconditional love looks like. Continue reading “A Letter to Teachers of Challenging Kids!”

Should the Educational System support Dr. Seuss Books knowing he was Racist?

Should the Educational System support Dr. Seuss Books knowing he was Racist?

There are subtle forms of racism but then there are outright blatant and disrespectful forms of racism however racism is still racism right? Upon hearing from a friend as well as an advocate that Dr. Seuss was racist I was in a state of disbelief. No way! His books were some of my childhood favorites. I remember my childhood days sitting criss-cross applesauce on the carpet anxiously waiting for my teacher to read The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. However, not desiring to go by hearsay I began researching in hopes that there was some type of mistake. Sadly that was not the case Dr. Seuss being Racist was proven to be true. Considering I am in the educational field I walked away from my research with more questions than answers. Continue reading “Should the Educational System support Dr. Seuss Books knowing he was Racist?”

Children’s Dreams are not meant to be Doubted but to be Believed!

Children’s Dreams are not meant to be Doubted but to be Believed!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 approximately 9:35 am in the children’s brightly colored library at the preschool I work for, the children sat row by row on the carpet in anticipation of what book the librarian would read to them this week. My heart leaped with joy as I realized that the book she chose to read in honor of Black History Month was an autobiography based on a true story of an African American girl named Mae Jemison.The book was entitled Mae Among The Stars by Roda Ahmed. A child instantaneously made the connection by looking at the cover that the book would be about an astronaut. The children silently and curiously listened intently to the story. Out of all the stories read in that library this one resonated with me the most as it triggered a painful memory that I remember vividly to this day as if it happened yesterday. Continue reading “Children’s Dreams are not meant to be Doubted but to be Believed!”

Are we proactively teaching Children to love and embrace Their Race as well as Others?

Are we proactively teaching Children to love and embrace Their Race as well as Others?

Rarely people take pleasure in talking about the “Elephant” in the room, especially if that elephant is race. Because it is such a difficult topic to address we much rather prefer to choose a colorblind approach to race acting as if we can not see it and it does not exist at times. We are guilty of wanting to sweep the issue underneath the rug as opposed to educating ourselves around it and collaboratively coming together as educators,parents or caretakers with the best strategies on how to address it effectively. The fact still remains that it is not an issue that is going to go away so why not confront it as opposed to avoiding to talk about it? Continue reading “Are we proactively teaching Children to love and embrace Their Race as well as Others?”