Kids of working moms

CNN recently published a summary of a Harvard study which found that daughters of working mothers find more workplace success than their peers.  The article has some interesting insights (and encouragement) for those of us who have demanding jobs, such as teachers and administrators.  This is a must-read for those of us who feel guilty leaving our kids at childcare or stress about the challenges of balancing parenting and work.


Chicken Spaghetti Soup

This recipe is great for the night after you make a batch of spaghetti (or other pasta) for supper. When making that meal, be sure to cook some extra spaghetti noodles. Refrigerate the leftover noodles. The next morning place noodles in crock pot with a bag of precooked chicken, 1 box of chicken broth (or 2 cans), 1 cup of water, and 1 frozen bag of diced carrots and green peas. Add 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.  Serve with crackers or bread and a side salad.

A Rose Is a Rose…

To a young child the teacher is like a rose.  The first day of school is a special roseoccasion where the flower of learning is presented.  As the classroom leader turns his or her attention to the student, a relationship blooms.  Wisdom and guidance radiate from the teacher, and a sweet connection is formed with a willing mind.  At times, the teacher’s correction and discipline can be sharp like a thorn, but necessary to insure growth and maturity.  As the student moves on to a new classroom, the relationship wilts a bit, but the memory of the blooming rose lives on forever.

“2 for 1” Pot Roast

This pot roast is a “2 for 1” meal — pot roast on night #1 and barbecue on night #2.

Night One. roast1


    1. 4-5 pound eye of round roast – depending on your family size
    2. bag of baby carrots, washed
    3. ½ cup Worcestershire sauce
    4. 1/2 tablespoon salt;  1 teaspoon black pepper
    5. medium onion, chopped
    6. bag of small potatoes, washed and quartered
    7. bag of salad, dressing and fixins
    8. “take & bake” bread or bread of your choiceroast2

Place first six ingredients in crock pot.  Fill with water to top of roast. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.  

Serve with salad and bread.  Leftover broth can be poured over roast for presentation and/or used as “au jus.” 

Night Two. 

The next night you can shred the leftover roast, place in crockpot, and add barbecue sauce. Cook until heated for 30 minutes. Serve on buns with french fries.

Teacher, teacher…!

“Teacher, teacher…!” When you step into the classroom at the start of a school year, you become known as teacher (in rare cases you may be called mom or dad.)  No matter who is requesting your attention you’ll begin answering to almost anything. You’ll have 20 to 30 little humans in your room to love, nurture, inspire and teach. 13340484_sRecognizing and appreciating the differences in your students is the first step in caring for them. Students need to know that you care about every aspect of who they are before they can trust you to lead them academically.  Just showing up and being called a “teacher” can be easy. Being an effective teacher is difficult; it takes work. And the work is ongoing, with continuous pressures from parents, administrators, and governmental mandates.  The daunting nature of these challenges can be a big energy zapper, shaking the confidence of even the most prepared and committed teachers.  I have spent nearly 30 years in early childhood education, and I’ve noticed that the teachers who succeed are ones who constantly gather ideas, collaborate with others, evaluate their approach, and ask a lot of questions.  It is my hope that the Teacher Teacher Blog can serve as a source for your continued development and quest to be an effective teacher.  Please feel free to comment on the blog posts and reach out to me with questions, suggestions, or ideas.  Thanks for following! — Shelia