Thursday, May 23, 2019

"Great teachers focus not on compliance, but on connections and relationships." PJ Caposey






With the impending close of the school year, even though I am no longer in the classroom, I worry about kids.  After my 37 years of teaching, I know that contrary to popular opinion, many kids dread being at home for the long summer vacation. Some are in abusive situations, others are food deficient;  some have relationship issues with parents or siblings, and others are expected to be full time babysitters.  I am certain of one thing from all my years of teaching, and that is that many kids come from dysfunctional homes. 

I also worry about summer break because kids who need teacher support to sound off, to reflect, to discuss, and to strategize ways of dealing with life suddenly lose that support.  Sometimes we forget that for many kids, school is their "safe" space, where they are loved, accepted, recognized, validated, and fed. In my generation (I am 66), family life was not the same as they are now. Back then, moms stayed home and dads worked, and the families ate meals together, which promoted better family relationships. In today's fast-paced world. the family dinner has become a rare commodity, and kids are pushed to grow up more quickly.  Pressures of social media add to the pain and anguish of growing up.(I am glad I grew up when I did.)

Reflecting on these thoughts, I have been reading lots of articles about the growing rates of depression and suicide, especially in girls 10 to 14.  Most of the articles point to social media as an influence, but I am going to guess that the problem is lack of real relationships.  Kids rarely talk to each other - they text.  The same can be said for parents and kids.  With no sit-down family dinners and no evenings on the front porch, like my generation remembers so well, parent child relationships are not as "in sync" as they used to be.  

Teachers know that in order to truly be successful, they must have relationships with their students, and summer vacation interrupts that connection.  I am hoping that with social media and cell phones, teachers can continue to be available to their kids, if needed.  The suicide rates are truly alarming. I know that teachers work so hard during the school year, but allowing kids to reach out during the summer could save a life. 


Here is a link about the increased suicide rate for young girls. 
http://time.com/5550803/depression-suicide-rates-youth/

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  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 webpage 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 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

"The best way to demotivate and lose top performers is by rewarding mediocrity." Jameson St. Claire


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I was in the classroom for 37 years, and for 35 of those years, I taught at North Allegheny, one of the best school districts in both Pennsylvania and the United States.  Academic competition was keen, and many of our students gained entry to top 10 universities and went on to great careers  Students worked hard to win recognition, and the quest to achieve the status of senior class speakers was extremely competitive.  Our school district creates and continues to sustain a culture of excellence, and they also continue to recognize excellence in the classroom, in sports, and in all aspects of Education.  North Allegheny continues to prepare students for the competition they will face in the real world, and students benefit from the competition. 

I was quite perplexed when I heard that a school district in Ohio has decided not to recognize any student as a valedictorian or salutatorian in the coming school year.  The reason?  Concerns about student mental health, including depression, anxiety, and suicide. 

Although I recognize the importance of mental health and stress, I believe the school district is actually hurting the students by removing the competition. Losing and winning small battles through the school years  helps students to learn to deal appropriately with bigger disappointments in later life, and how to win with grace and humility. In the current culture of "everyone gets a trophy", students need to learn that they are not going to be rewarded for participation, and that competition will become a way of life - in college, in the job search, and in maintaining and advancing in the work world. This should be a lesson learned while in school, but with no stress/no competition values, that lesson is going to be exponentially more shocking when it happens in college or an employment situation. I really believe that removing academic competition in school is doing a huge disservice to the students. When students face true competition, my fear is they will fail and fold, since they will have no real life experience with the inability to make the grade. I believe in encouraging and recognizing EXCELLENCE, not rewarding mediocrity.  Kids need to understand failure in order to understand success. 

"The best way to demotivate and lose top performers is by rewarding mediocrity." Jameson St. Claire

If you have not heard about Mason High School, here are two links to the story.


https://abcnews4.com/news/nation-world/no-more-valedictorians-at-ohio-high-school-because-of-student-mental-health-concerns


https://www.foxnews.com/us/ohio-high-school-removes-valedictorian-salutatorian

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  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 webpage 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!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

"A child's first teacher is its mother."​ Peng Liyuan




Growing older has made me reflect on so many people in my life, and I know that in many ways, I have become my mother. I never thought it would happen, but now that I recognize that I have, I feel nostalgic, grateful, and loved.  My mother loved her children with such abundance! We never felt unloved or neglected; she unselfishly made us the center of her universe and taught us so many lessons for life.

My mother was so patient with us - teaching us to tie a bow over and over, flashing the math cards at us until we memorized the multiplication tables, ironing my dress for the second time before we left for church, because I was rough housing with my brothers. She listened to our childhood squabbles and fears, sometimes offering advice, and sometimes asking, "What do YOU think you should do?" My mother was a woman who possessed tremendous empathy, and she taught all of us to look at every issue from the other person's point of view, and to recognize that not everyone was as blessed as we were. Mom taught us to be respectful of all others, modeling the behavior and telling why and how we should apologize if we were disrespectful toward one another. As children, when we visited any home, we sat on the floor and were not permitted to touch anything in the home, because it was not ours, so we learned great lessons of how to respect the property and space of others. 

All of these lessons of patience and respect and good manners and being kind to others may seem old-fashioned today, yet these very rules are the making of a polite society. As a teacher, I passed all of my mother's lessons to my students, and for some students, they were lessons never experienced before. I freely showed my feelings of empathy and caring with my students, just as my mother taught me, and that lesson served me well in the classroom.  Students knew that I truly cared for them, and they could share their feelings, and I would help them to "figure things out" and make good choices.  Very often, I used my mother's question, "What do YOU think you should do?" 

My mother was real and genuine, and she put on no airs or pretense.  She smiled broadly and cried easily, wearing her beautiful and loving heart on her sleeve for all to see. She always thought of the other person before she thought of herself, and she was kind to everyone she met. My brothers and I were so lucky to have her as our mother.  Her beautiful lessons about how to live life will endure, through her children and her grandchildren.

Happy Mother's Day in Heaven, Mom.  We miss you every day, and we are so grateful that you were our beautiful mother. 





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  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 webpage 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!

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

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


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I loved being in the high school classroom for 37 years, and during the two years of visits to elementary schools to present my children's book, GRADY GETS GLASSES, sometimes I see truly inspiring teachers who make me wish I could have also been an elementary school teacher.  

That happened on Friday, April 26, when I presented at the Brandywine Wallace Elementary School. I met Mrs. Betty North, second grade teacher, in person, and  experienced being a part of her class project involving my children's book. What a great teaching idea!

I met Betty's class during a virtual field trip BE AN AUTHOR! that I was presenting for Streamable Learning.  Betty ordered the book and the Grady toy bunny, and she created a fun lesson to get her students reading and writing, but she made the assignment  so much fun, that it doesn't  feel like work. 

Betty created a diary notebook for Grady. to write in after he spends time with each child at home.  Grady MUST have a bedtime story read aloud every night, and students are also invited to share Grady's activities along with pictures of his visits.  When Grady returns to the classroom, the student must present what Grady wrote in his diary, along with a short but succinct book report on the chosen bedtime story.



 Book cover above, and Grady writing in "his" diary below



This assignment is pure genius.  The kids are learning point of view, honing their reading and writing skills, being creative with Grady's activities, and learning the responsibilities of being a team member, all while having fun!  When I was visiting, Mrs. North assigned the Grady diary to me for my overnight stay, and I was delighted to be a part of the project and present to the students the next day.  I was surprised by the creativity involved in this assignment - Grady met goats, and attended a Taekwondo class!  He ate exotic foods and tried daring tricks with his hosts, like climbing a rope and meeting a giant St. Bernard.  Grady gets to experience each child's personal and diverse home life, and when all of these experiences are presented to the class, personal horizons are broadened, with tolerance and inclusion as marvelous by-products. I am very impressed with Mrs. North and her class.

Teachers make such a huge impact on the lives of children, and their hard work should be recognized.  I am applauding the efforts of Mrs. North and her beautiful, fun, and organized class, where learning is paramount, along with empathy and caring.  "A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning." Brad Henry




Grady meets Mrs. North's dog, Shasta 



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  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 webpage 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!

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." Jane Goodall



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I grew up in a small town about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, PA, in the Alle-Kiski Valley (named for the two rivers, the Allegheny and the Kiskiminetas.) The town was Natrona Heights, but the specific area where our house was located is called Birdville.  My father lived in Birdville for his entire life, except when he was serving in World War II. As a little girl, I would ask questions, like "Is Birdville named for a bird?  What kind?" My dad regaled my brothers and me with stories of the local airfield and the mail drop airplane; the "big league" baseball games, including teams like the Homestead Grays; and stories about what
used to be" where the Plaza currently stands.  Birdville had local stories about Indian attacks and I saw the proof when our neighbor built a new driveway and mother-in-law house on his property.  The summer of construction led to the findings of Indian pottery and glass beads, as well as arrowheads. 

  Birdville Elementary School was at the center and was the heart of the little town. My dad went to school there, as did my brothers and I. Just as a church is the center of some towns and parishes, our school was the town, serving the people both day and evening, as well as weekends. 

A friend, Bob Barrage, a local architect, who was a cub scout and boy scout at Birdville, and is now a troop leader, allowed his piqued curiosity about Birdville to lead him to extensive research and the writing of a big book about Birdville, including old-time photos, drawings, and blueprints. There is even a section about the Ku Klux Klann giving Bibles to school children!  The book comes in at over 700 pages, and many local people bought and are reading the book, which has prompted many discussions, both online and in person. 
Perhaps one of the most poignant discussions about the book was abut a principal and teacher couple, Paul and Ruth Ripper.  Although they passed away in the 1980's, both continue to be remembered for their contributions and their kindness.  I had a discussion with a friend who is 72 years old, and he said Mrs. Ripper was the nicest teacher ever - noting that his class - back in the 1950's - collected money and bought her a television set, when television was still in its infancy. Having this discussion led me back to one of my firmest beliefs about being a teacher:  the teacher MUST care about the students.  Students recognize that care, and a relationship of mutual respect is formed.  Teachers who enjoy a true relationship with their students have very few discipline problems.  Additionally,  students will try harder to please a teacher they like.  Everyone liked Mr. and Mrs. Ripper; hence the positive information in Bob's book, and the fond remembrances they are receiving from former students more than 50 years later. (I can only hope that my 37 years in the classroom will be remembered so kindly.)

The BIRDVILLE SCHOOL book is the culmination of years of research, input from residents, and years digging in the library and newspaper archives. Bob Barrage created a wonderful book, and I wish my father, George Faltot, were alive to read it.  Dad would have enjoyed every morsel and tidbit of this book about his beloved home town.


A link to information about the author and the book is here https://triblive.com/local/valley-news-dispatch/harrison-man-goes-back-to-school-to-tell-birdville-history/

Interested in the book?  It is online only at http://www.lulu.com/shop/bob-barrage/birdville-school-a-portrait-of-small-town-america-in-the-20th-century/hardcover/product-23956620.html

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  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 webpage 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
Periscope   @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
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Monday, April 15, 2019

"Never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your life and live up to your own expectation." Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters Champion



Something amazing happened this week at The Masters  -  the greatest comeback in sports history.  This win certainly did not happen by accident.  

Tiger Woods was a phenom since he first appeared on the Johnny Carson Show at the tender age of 2. If you haven't seen it, here is the link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxPmzIKBris  This link also includes footage of Tiger in a tournament at age 5. As he matured, Tiger won in college and in amateur events - too many to mention here- and as a golf professional, he took the world by storm.  I coached girls, and the boys golf for 33 years, and Tiger was the greatest person to interest kids and adults in playing golf since the late Arnold Palmer. His work ethic, his confidence, and his skill drew audiences in, and I would guess that for a while, he was the most recognizable athlete on the planet. He won over 80 career wins in the span of several years, and for a while, it looked like his winning streak had no limits.  https://golfweek.com/2019/04/14/tiger-woods-81-career-pga-tour-wins/ 

Then came all the bad stuff. Tiger's very public shame about his private life was seared into the public's brain by tabloids, and then there were the women that came forward. An argument with his beautiful wife Elin was followed by speculation of her hitting him with a 9 iron. In the court of public opinion, Tiger's personal stock dropped faster than the 1929 market crash. He went from being loved to being loathed. If that wasn't enough, tabloids carried a dreadful picture of him, as he was arrested for impaired driving.  With his back problems causing more and more pain, Tiger endured several back surgeries, and most people, including me, thought he was washed up.  

I admit I made a mistake.  I forgot that Tiger has a superb work ethic, bequeathed to him by his late father. I forgot that Tiger loved both the hunt and the win, and that those things can be addictive.  I forgot that Tiger is a father who wanted to show his children who he really is - a champion.

Sunday at The Masters brought back the former great champion, with softer edges. Tiger's competitive spirit was still present, along with his decisive strategy and planning, but he showed the crowd just how grateful he was for the win with the sharing of his emotions. His hugs for Charlie and Sam made most of America cry, and the hug with his mother off 18 reminded the viewers that Earl Woods was not there for this momentous win in Tiger's life. In a post round interview, Tiger talked about how his mother was the one who was always there - driving him to far away tournaments as an 11 year old, leaving the house at 5 am and sacrificing many days so he could play in tournaments. He spoke about how Charlie wrote a wish at school that he could see his father win.  In his children's memories, has only caused pain for Tiger. 

I believe that Tiger Woods' victory at the 2019 Masters is the greatest comeback in sports history. Tiger is a man who had it all, lost it all, and worked for years to overcome physical and mental challenges.  He simply would not give up, and there, my friends, is the best lesson of all. He lived up to HIS personal expectation of what he could do, and Tiger is back.  What a performance! What a champion! What a great example for the world to follow! 

We know Tiger's expectations, but what are your expectations? 

Never give up! 

"Never listen to other people's expectations. You should live your life and live up to your own expectation."  Tiger Woods, 2019 Masters Champion 

NIKE ad posted immediately following Tiger's win  https://www.sbnation.com/golf/2019/4/14/18310523/nike-tiger-woods-ad-video-masters

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  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 webpage 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 

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