Friday, October 23, 2020

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." Brad Henry

                                                                    Quote Fancy 


On Tuesday evening, I attended at Delta Kappa Gamma (notable women educators) meeting at the Senator John J. Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.  https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/  The current exhibit on loan is Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery.  https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/exhibits/smithsonians-portraits-of-pittsburgh
I was delighted to see an amazing and lifelike portrait of my late friend Arnold Palmer in his pink Laurel Valley jacket, along with many surprise portraits of people with Pittsburgh connections, such as Fred Rogers, Willa Cather, and August Wilson..  

During the presentation part of our meeting, a young man named Robert Stakeley, History Center Affiliates Program Coordinator (Bob is a former student of some of our members) discussed the various exhibits and collections owned by the History Center. He talked about the contributions of ordinary citizens, who follow their passions to collect items and share their enthusiasm for collecting with others.  Robert talked about the late Mr. Lehew, whose collection of all things Heinz, was donated to the the History Center.  That collection is the largest corporate collection amassed by an individual. At that point, Robert talked about igniting one's passion, and he shared a tidbit of personal news.  Bob said that he has always loved learning, because of the teachers who inspired him to learn.  He has a new book debuting in December, Digital Storytelling as Public History: A Guidebook for Educators. (Routledge Press), and in that book, as a sign of appreciation, he listed the name of every teacher he ever had in school, from kindergarten to college. .  This revelation made many of us in the audience quite teary-eyed, and I thought to myself, "What an amazing tribute!  I need to share this beautiful gesture in my blog." With Bobs permission, I am doing just that! 

So often, teachers are viewed as glorified babysitters and public servants.  I hope the pandemic has changed that perception, as parents attempt to help educate their children from home.  Bob's verbal and published kudos to so many educators touched my heart, and I hope it touches yours.

If you would like to find out more about Robert's book, take a look at this link: 

https://www.routledge.com/Digital-Storytelling-as-Public-History-A-Guidebook-for-Educators/Fisanick-Stakeley/p/book/9781138710412 

For an example of a digital story (and how a historical society can use the “finished” or final piece), please reference “A Town Called Donora” at (it is located about half-way down the page):  https://www.sites.google.com/site/donorahistoricalsociety/1948-smog

I was a teacher for 37 years, and even as a retired person and writer, I am still teaching.  I just can't help myself.  I am so pleased when people in fields other than Education ignite and perpetuate the love for learning. 

If you have the chance, please visit the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Their exhibits are both informative and inspiring.  Thank you, Bob Stakeley, for your love of learning and your appreciation of teachers who cultivated your imagination. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom or we will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM.www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
Google +   Dede Rittman
Tumblr      The Bunny Teacher
Instagram   dede_rittman  and Gradygetsglasses
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Friday, October 16, 2020

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty." John Ruskin

 


October in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania is a stunning array of the autumn colors of gold and orange and red.  I enjoyed a day trip with two friends and we oohed and aahed at the magnificence of the colors of autumn.  I shared with them that another friend told me that she had a visitor from southern Texas, where the leaves do not change.  She said that seeing her neighborhood through the eyes of a person who never experienced Fall in Pennsylvania made her appreciate nature's beauty in her everyday life even more.

I like the idea of "seeing through another's eyes." Sometimes, it is a good idea to step back and look at things from a different angle, or to pretend you are seeing something for the first time.  I know when I see things from another viewpoint, I appreciate the "normal" more and gratitude abounds.  Showing and experiencing gratitude makes me feel happy.  

During this pandemic, it has been difficult to find positive and happy things in our narrow and fearful existences.  Fall is a perfect time to be outside and view the beauty of the autumn paintbrush.  Being outside in nature and looking for beauty through fresh eyes is very uplifting. Winter will be here before you know it, so enjoy Fall's beauty now! 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom or we will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM.www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

"Wisdom is the reward of experience and should be shared." Author Unknown

 



Jar of Quotes 

Last week, I was invited to the Alpha Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (notable women educators) to share my experiences in becoming an author after retiring from my 37 year career in teaching.  I prepared a fun PowerPoint for the group, and I was honest in sharing both the triumphs and the pitfalls of these past 6 years in my new career. The ladies were so receptive and asked such great questions!  I was so touched by their friendliness and sincerity, that I could easily call this chapter my DKG home if they were not an hour's drive away. 

One of the reasons I like to speak to groups and share my experiences is this:  I hope to save others from the mistakes I have made.  I started my own company - Rittman Publishing, LLC - and wrote and published two books within a short amount of time.  I had one publisher rip me off, and I have been doing a solo act in promotions and sales.  I enjoy sharing all that goes into the writing and publishing of the book, and the massive work that follows.  I am proud that I have helped about 10 people to write and publish their books!  (Still a teacher - can't help myself.) I am also happy that I helped them to negotiate and avoid some pitfalls that I did not.  

"Wisdom is the reward of experience and should be shared."  I truly believe that statement. We can all learn from others, and that is what makes our world so wonderful.  The sharing of ideas and expertise, just like the handing down of traditions and knowledge in a family, clan, tribe, or group, is imperative to help others to be their best.  I am always happy to help!

If you have a group who would be interested in one of my many presentations, please email me at  DedeRittman@gmail.com I am happy to present in person or virtually. 
Below is a picture taken at the end of the presentation. .  Many elementary teachers were in this group, so I focused the presentation on Grady Gets Glasses. 

I truly enjoy sharing my wisdom gained from experiences with others!  Here is the link to the article DKG wrote about my visit. https://alphaphipa.weebly.com/alpha-phi-news.html 

If you are a female educator, I urge you to join your local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma. https://dkg.org/


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®
Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom or we will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM.www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
Google +   Dede Rittman
Tumblr      The Bunny Teacher
Instagram   dede_rittman  and Gradygetsglasses
Pinterest   Rittman Publishing, LLC ® 







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Thursday, October 1, 2020

"Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." Stephen Hawking

             


                                Professor Stephen Hawking A Briefer History of Time  


Today is October 1. In southwestern Pennsylvania, the leaves are changing, along with the wind and the sky. Cool winds push clouds the color of cigarette ashes across the sky.   My sleeveless golf shirts are put away, and my cashmere sweaters are out of the cedar chest, ready to wear. My thoughts of cooking are turning from grilling to making soup.  Fall is here, and Winter can't be far behind.

I enjoy the change of seasons.  Despite the snow and cold, I have no desire to move to sunny Florida.  I like to go there for vacation, but I will keep Pittsburgh. One of the lessons to take from the Pittsburgh climate is this: One must be able to adapt to change, which is inevitable.  That is also a great lesson for Life.

So many of us have a comfort zone, and we don't want to change.  We like things just the way they are, and if Life is going well for us, we don't want anything to change.  Sadly, change is unavoidable, no matter how much we try to escape it.  We have no choice but to adapt.  Just as the trees lose their leaves and patiently wait through the long Winter before bursting into the flower of Spring, we must be patient with the changes that will happen to us.  Sometimes, we must wait a while and think them through, before deciding on the best way to cope with Life changes.  Sometimes, we have no time to consider the changes, and we must adapt the best we can as we go along. 

Change can lead to new and exciting adventures, and although it is sometimes scary, we must learn to adapt to the inevitable changes that will happen throughout our lives.  "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change." Stephen Hawking 

Happy October.  Fall is here. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®
Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom or we will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM.www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
Google +   Dede Rittman
Tumblr      The Bunny Teacher
Instagram   dede_rittman  and Gradygetsglasses
Pinterest   Rittman Publishing, LLC ® 





Saturday, September 26, 2020

"A change of scenery can help everything." Drew Pomeranz

 

    

Brainy Quote 

During this pandemic, I believe we are all just sick of staying inside and eating our own cooking. I think it is time for a change of scenery - even if that change just means a day or an afternoon away from our "normal."

I enjoyed a wonderful change of scenery yesterday. I drove from my home in Pittsburgh to a friend's camp in Andover, Ohio, just for the day.  We bought Amish donuts and ate out for lunch.  We went to Cherry Hill Amish Furniture and More, and looked around for at least an hour.  (I even found beautiful new bedroom furniture I think I am going to order.) On the 2 hour drive up and back, I took two different routes.  I had time to daydream a little, enjoy the scenery a little more, and to listen to music and sing aloud with the roof down and the windows up. (It was a little chilly.) I thought about some issues that have been bothering me, and just being away from home gave me just what I needed - a fresh perspective.

If you are feeling "stuck" right now, maybe it is time for you to have a day out by yourself or with loved ones, just for a change of scenery. 


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®
Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.




Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
Google +   Dede Rittman
Tumblr      The Bunny Teacher
Instagram   dede_rittman  and Gradygetsglasses
Pinterest   Rittman Publishing, LLC ® 















Friday, September 18, 2020

"Normal is not something to aspire to; it's something to get away from." Jodie Foster

 


QuoteFancy


Although many of us would "normally" agree with the quote above, I think all of us are currently wishing for our old "normal."     

We have had enough of the pandemic and it's control over every aspect of our lives.

Friends on the telephone say:

"I wish we could go out to eat, inside our favorite restaurant." 

"I miss the movies."

"I had season tickets to the theater.  Wonder when a show will ever be playing again." 

"I miss watching _______ (fill in the sport) in person."

"I wish I could watch my son/daughter/nephew/niece in their high school game _____ "(fill in the sport)

"I wish I could visit my mom/dad/aunt/uncle/grandparent in the personal care home." 

"I wish my child could have play dates and be in school."

"I wish I could attend church and sing in the choir." 

I wish all of those things for myself and others, and I wish I had a crystal ball to know when this will all end, but I don't. Some think a vaccine will be a panacea, but I disagree. People are vaccinated for the flu, but they still become ill.  And many will not take vaccinations at all.  I don't think any of us have the answers, so we will just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, I am so grateful for the chance to be on the golf course several times a week and eating lunch outside at my golf club.  That is as close to my "normal" as anything else in my life is right now.

I am hoping that you have found a few "normal" things to do this summer, and that things will get better as we move into Fall, which begins in a few days. 

Who ever thought we would be wishing for "normal"?  

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®
Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.




Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
Google +   Dede Rittman
Tumblr      The Bunny Teacher
Instagram   dede_rittman  and Gradygetsglasses
Pinterest   Rittman Publishing, LLC ® 




















Friday, September 11, 2020

"Never forget. A time to remember those who died, those who served, and those who carry on."

 


Today is the anniversary of 9/11. 19 years have passed, and that day is still as fresh in my mind as if it had just happened.

It was Picture Day at my school, North Allegheny Intermediate High School. The kids were combed and clean and shiny as new pennies.  I was wearing a soft yellow top with a gold necklace, a denim skirt, and penny loafers.  The day was gorgeous - with a high blue sky and plenty of sunshine, with a perfect temperature and low humidity. I taught my first period class, and a very cordial study hall group was in my classroom for second period.  It was my practice to turn on the class television set at precisely 9 am, so the kids who needed a current event could grab a headline.  Shortly before 9 am, a teacher stopped by to tell me that a plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers in New York.  I knew in my heart that this was not an accident.  i turned to the kids and asked them if they minded if I turned on the TV - making sure everyone was finished with their homework, as I always did.  One young man asked for an extra minute to complete a math problem, then nodded to me to turn on the TV. It was almost 9:02, and when the television came on, my entire study hall saw the second plane hit the second tower.  

We were stunned.  They looked at the TV, then they looked at me.  "What happened, Miss Rittman????"  I said I did not know.  We watched in silence until the bell rang at 9:10.  I will be forever linked to that class, because we watched a mass murder of our fellow Americans in my classroom.

The school was a somber place to be that day. When we heard that another plane hit the Pentagon, and another went down in Shanksville, only 90 minutes from our location in Pennsylvania, no one understood how and why America had been attacked.

The days and weeks following 9/11, patriotism was at an all time high.  Flags flew in front of so many homes; Americans proudly displayed patriotic garb and flag pins; Old Glory appeared on pillows and sheets and T shirts.  The country was united in a way I had only heard about from my parents, who talked about the excitement surrounding the American victory at the end of World War II.People stayed home and watched their television sets every evening. People got to know their neighbors, and the nation learned about the heroes who did what they could to save others.  All Americans were humbled by the displays of heroism we read and heard about, and we were proud to be a part of such an extraordinary group of citizens called Americans. 

Fast forward 19 years.  Anarchists are attempting to take over our cities, and schools are teaching hate for our country.  The police and first responders, hailed as the world's greatest heroes just 19 short years ago, are under attack, called names, and victims of hate and prejudice.  I am heartsick to see what America has become.  Talk and negotiations are better tools toward chance than violence, I believe, but it seems I am somewhat alone in those thoughts. I recognize that some inequities need to be addressed, but I disagree with the methods of tearing down and destroying rather than discussing and building.

America is not perfect, but that is why it is so great to live here.  We are constantly striving to make it better.

My wish for today is that everyone should take some time today and remember. Remember the heroes and the patriotism. Remember the indignation and grief that terrorists could  and would do this to our fellow citizens. Remember that we are better when we work together than when we tear each other apart. 9/11 #NeverForget 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®
Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom. www.Fieldtripzoom.com  and a company called www.StreamableLearning.com GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone.Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.




Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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