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 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”

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!”

A Child I know has been abused what do I do?

A Child I know has been abused what do I do?

Just when you thought the unthinkable couldn’t happen it did. Nothing possibly could have prepared you for this moment. (Your thinking) A tear stricken child had just enough strength and courage to confide in you about the “Secret” they had been holding on to. They reveal to you in whatever language is comfortable and appropriate for them that they had been abused. (Sexually)Although those exact words are a foreign language and are likely not the language they would use with you, as an adult you know enough to know that is what transpired. Whether you are a parent, teacher, caretaker or anyone with a sense of empathy, you instantaneously go through a mixture of emotions. Emotions ranging from outrage and anger to concern, worry, sadness, betrayal, and fear then grip every fiber of your being taking the right words to say right out of your mouth leaving you speechless. Hopefully, you never find yourself in this predicament but if this is the case the most IMPORTANT thing you can do in this situation is to LISTEN! Continue reading “A Child I know has been abused what do I do?”

What is the alphabet and why is learning it so crucial for children?

What is the alphabet and why is learning it so crucial for children?

What is the alphabet and why is learning it so crucial for children? The alphabet is a collection of letters, with each letter representing a sound or in some cases more than one sound. The alphabet is literally the foundation for children being able to achieve literacy also known as learning to read and write. Nonetheless learning the alphabet should not be a chore but should be fun for both you and children. The Letter of the Day is a fun as well as engaging way to teach children the alphabet. Learning with Li Li a YouTube series does just that. Continue reading “What is the alphabet and why is learning it so crucial for children?”