Saturday, June 24, 2017

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt







Just when I hoped that bullying in schools was lessening, I heard a heartbreaking story on the news. A girl just 15 years old hanged herself - because of bullies.  This tragedy occurred in the very small town of Bedford, PA, a town with a population of about 3000 people, located about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh. Sadie Riggs just could not take it anymore, and she took what she saw as the only way out - death.

Her obituary is painful to read, with her parents calling out the bullies, as they bare their souls and express their deeply sad feelings to the world. http://wjactv.com/news/local/family-of-15-year-old-bedford-girl-addresses-suicide-death-in-obituary 

Schools can be a wonderful or a torturous place to be, depending on the student. In my 37 years in the classroom, bullying incidents occurred and they were addressed.  Today, bullies flood social media sites with a constant barrage of insults and gibes.  Students can't escape, and kids at age 15 rarely have the confidence to confront the bullies.




What can teachers do?  Teachers must be vigilant! Teachers must extend themselves to their students, and have a solid relationship with them.  Kids in crisis sometimes feel that they can't talk to parents at home, but they still need an advisor or caring adult in their lives.Teachers can present lessons about empathy, and provide activities to make everyone learn to walk in the shoes of another.  Teachers can rearrange the seating chart quarterly or more, so that all students get to know one another as more than just a name. For group activities, the teacher can create the groups by drawing names from a hat or in another fair manner, so that the same kids are not always together and/or alienated.  Helping the students to know each other just requires a little planning and creativity. (I taught in a school building with 1400 students in 2 grades.) 

How can teachers teach the concept of anti-bullying?  Incorporate the concept into everyday lessons is my suggestion. The anti-bullying program chosen by my former school district was a total waste of class time. Although required to "teach" from the lacklustre materials offered, instead, I had real discussions with my students about bullying and why it was so hurtful. Truly, I veered from their limited and limiting topic questions to discuss real student life in our school. Teaching is all about relationships, and students reacted and interacted when the discussion was about our school. 

Teachers, if you model kindness and acceptance in your classroom, students will follow.  I called kids out when they were rude to each other, and I explained why they were rude and how the victim might feel (yes, I embarrassed both parties, but the results were worth it, especially when the offended apologized, which was 95% of the time!) Students are not sure of who they are at 15 (or any age), and they need support from a caring adult.  

Reading stories like this one, or seeing them on the news, just hurts my heart. How would YOU feel if your son or daughter committed suicide because of constant bullying?

I have provided a link to the story from our local Pittsburgh station about this tragedy. 
http://www.wpxi.com/news/top-stories/family-mourns-loss-of-teenager-who-killed-herself-because-of-bullying/538187269


Teachers MUST help students to learn what Eleanor Roosevelt stated so eloquently all those years ago: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."  But students need adult support to learn that lesson about self-confidence!  Teachers and parents - be the person who encourages, be supportive, and be kind. Who knows? You might just save a life. 


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 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit http://www.theauthorszone.com/submissions/  


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, June 16, 2017

"My father didn't tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it." Clarence Budington Kelland




I lost my father fewer than 2 weeks after Father's Day, 2002.  He had a massive heart attack and died in his sleep. The coroner said, "He didn't know what hit him,"  which has always been like a balm to me.  My dad suffered in so many ways: while serving in in World War II, with a serious rift in his family, with cancer, with hearing loss, with emphysema and more, and I hoped his ending would not be painful.

Whether it is Father's Day or any other day, I often think about my dad, who was a study in contrasts.  He had such a dry sense of humor, that sometimes people were not sure if he was really joking, yet his laugh was actually larger than he was!  A petite man of 5'7" and weighing only 110 pounds, he acquired the nickname of "Herk" for "Hercules" because of his wiry strength.  The gruffness he showed my brothers regarding their incorrectly done chores was the opposite of the tenderness shown to me, his "little girl," when I needed advice.  

Dad had a sterling sense of fair play and honesty.  When life was not always fair to us as children, Dad would remind us that life wasn't fair, but people should be fair. Lying was not acceptable in our house, for any reason, and if we made a mistake, we told the truth and accepted the consequences, because Dad said that was the only right thing to do. 

Dad worked 40+ hours per week at Allegheny Ludlum Steel, on the swing shift of 8-4, 4-12, and 12-8 for almost 44 years.  I know he wanted for a better life for his three children, so he never complained about his job. When he finally retired, I asked, "Dad, how could you work 44 years on the swing shift?"  His answer was simple: "Honey, I liked my job and I liked the people I worked with.  It really only seemed like about 10 years."  Many years later, I would understand his answer on my own personal level.  When I retired from 37 years of teaching English and Theater, friends marveled at my long career, asking, "How could you teach 10th grade for 37 years???" I gave my dad's answer without realizing it at the time:  "I really liked my job, and I enjoyed my colleagues and students.  Those 37 years really only seemed like about 10 years."  

I had become my father, and I that made me happy. 

As I get older, I reflect upon the lessons of my parents, and I am so grateful for the values they bequeathed to my brothers and to me: have a strong work ethic, be reliable and responsible, do your best every day, say only nice things to others, be courteous, and remember that the world owes you nothing, so be grateful for what you earn and what you receive. These core values have dictated both my brothers' and my many successes in life.

Thanks, Dad, for all you taught me.  I love you and miss you. 

Happy Father'sDay to all the dads out there! 





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 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit http://www.theauthorszone.com/submissions/  


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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Saturday, June 10, 2017

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops." Henry Adams



One of my former colleagues passed away last week, and I went to the funeral home to pay my respects on Sunday evening.  Tragically, she died from a rare disease at the age of 61; what was uplifting to me at this sad occasion were the tributes from former students about how she lived.

She taught hearing impaired students in many of the schools in the district, from elementary to high school, and she made a difference to every student.  She pushed them to work to the best of their abilities, and she told them that they could and would be successful - no matter that they were hearing impaired. She looked for their ABILITIES, not their DISABILITIES.

Through the years, many of her students became my students, and some of those students and I had a reunion of sorts at the funeral home.  Her former students - now adults, and many in their 50's, told me that she was the force behind their life's success.   They talked about her kindness, her caring, and her love for her students. Her brother was overwhelmed to the point of tears to share with me that many students flew in from all over the country to pay their final respects to the woman who had changed their lives. Clearly, she was a gifted, devoted, and caring teacher.

Seeing former students, hearing what they had to say, and visiting with them for the first time in 30+ years made me reflect upon the Henry Adams quote "A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."  This quote is so pure and  true; I have seen it in my own life and the lives of my students, and last week, I was privileged to witness the remarkable influence my colleague had on her students.

For my many readers who are teacher friends - what you say and do, the way you treat your students, and your expectations for your students will live on long after you are gone. Your kindness and caring will have a direct influence on your students - forever. If you don't believe me, just think of the story of this one extraordinary teacher.

God bless you, Cil Clemente. Your legacy lives on in each of your students.  You were a wonderful teacher and friend. 




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 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit http://www.theauthorszone.com/submissions/  


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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Saturday, June 3, 2017

"There is something you leave at every meeting with another person." Fred Rogers


Our world has become a very scary place, and watching the evening news is not for the faint of heart. When the terrorist attack happened in Manchester, England, a man named Anthony Breznican gained notoriety by tweeting the famous Mr. Rogers quote about looking for the helpers.  Turns out, Anthony had actually met Mr. Rogers in person, and Mr. Rogers was able to help him when he needed an ear to listen.  If you did not see the great CBS Steve Hartman piece, which includes an interview with Anthony Breznican about a personal encounter with Mr. Rogers, please take a look at it!  You will be glad you did. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-compassionate-message-from-a-neighbor-at-the-right-time/

Reading Anthony's tweets and seeing this news clip made me think back to many years ago. My (late) husband, Scott, and I had season tickets to the Pittsburgh Public Theater on the same night as Mr. and Mrs. Rogers.  We would always nod and say a few words in passing. One night, we saw a little girl dressed in a beautiful white lace dress with a pink sash in the lobby. She spotted Mr. Rogers and she zoomed over to him and exclaimed, "Mr. Rogers!  Look at my new dress!  Isn't it pretty?"  He answered very quietly and simply, "Yes, your dress is very pretty, but it is more important to be pretty on the inside."

All of this talk about and remembrance of Mr. Rogers has made me reflect again on how much difference one teacher can make for students.  Mr. Rogers influenced millions of children, teaching social skills and good manners, and modeling the roles of friend and neighbor.  He wore his teacher persona like he wore his sweater and tennis shoes; in a comfortable and non-threatening manner. Years later, as Anthony Breznican reminds us, those lessons from Mr. Rogers- on television or in person - still matter. Although they had only one chance encounter, Mr. Rogers left quite an impression on Anthony. 

Teachers, the behavior you model and the kind words you speak to your students will still matter years from now.  As the school year winds down, please remember kindness and caring, and in the words of Mr. Rogers:   "If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."  Fred Rogers

Pittsburgh was so lucky to have Mr. Rogers.  So was the world.  #Agreatteacher 




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 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®

GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit http://www.theauthorszone.com/submissions/  


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
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

"A book in like a garden carried in the pocket." Chinese Proverb



I have always loved books, although we had very few books in our house when I was a child. Our mother read to us from a children's Bible stories book, but I always wanted more. I saved my paltry allowance (25 cents every two weeks) year round to buy a few books from the Scholastic Book order form handed out by the elementary school teachers. I still have those books - which cost 35 cents each in the early 1960's. When I was in 3rd or 4th grade, a door-to-door salesman came to our house and sold my parents a leather-bound set of Richards Topical Encyclopedias. I loved those books - and I read them all (yes, I read encyclopedias- a bit dry, but a book is a book.) My favorite was volume 14, which entirely comprised of stories and literature, including all of Aesop's Fables. I can still feel the silken smoothness of the shiny off-white pages, smell the leather covers, and feel the weight of that big book in my small hands.  
In my opinion, children should own some books of their own. Books are great de-stressors, and they provide a wonderful opportunity to develop a child's imagination. Books are magical, and they can transport a person to a plethora of different worlds! Books allow a child to have some meaningful alone time.  I remember sitting in an overstuffed rocker and reading my books over and over - enjoying traveling to different lands and times and places. 
Sadly, not all families can afford to purchase books for their children. Such is the case for the families served by The New Light Education Center in Sharon, PA. My friend Dr. April Lynn Torrence is the Director of the Center, and I enjoy traveling there twice a year to present my children's book GRADY GETS GLASSES to the young students on Mercer County Vision Screening Day. (I have written about Dr. Torrence's good work in Sharon on Blogspot in the past -  http://bunnyteacher.blogspot.com/2017/01/a-child-who-reads-will-be-adult-who.html )
With summer just around the corner, I have been thinking about the children at New Light Education Center. When Grady the bunny and I present there, the kids love us, and we feel like ROCK STARS - so I decided to send some books to April to distribute to the kids before they leave for the summer. I am so delighted that she is going to make the GRADY books a special present for the students as they "graduate" to the next grade! The children will go home with a book of their very own, and I am thrilled to be able to help make this happen.
Reading is the most important skill a person can learn, because most everything in our world depends on reading. To make strong leaders for the future, we must promote the love of reading in our children now
I am so happy that GRADY GETS GLASSES will be taking children in Sharon, PA, on imaginative trips from home this summer. Thank you, April, for allowing us to share some books with your students! We are so happy to contribute to the work you do for your community every day! 
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 
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®
GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit http://www.theauthorszone.com/submissions/  
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®

GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit http://www.theauthorszone.com/submissions/ 



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
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

"You inspire me." (note received from an elementary student)




Sometimes wonderful things happen when we least expect them!

I have presented at several elementary schools during the past few months. I have a fun and interactive PowerPoint for kids about being an author, how glasses help people to see, my love for bunnies, and how all three of those things came together for me to create my award-winning children's book, GRADY GETS GLASSES.  One of the slides of the PowerPoint explains that I have a vision - to make money to create a GRADY GETS GLASSES FOUNDATION, or to join another charitable group, to provide glasses for children who cannot afford them. (FYI-Refractive error is the number one cause of blindness in the world - completely curable by wearing glasses.)  The students reacted to this slide with delight and applause, but that is not the end of the story.

The school librarian sent me an email asking for my address.  It seemed that a student really liked the idea of helping kids with glasses, and wanted to send me a donation. A few days later, I received a note in the mail from a student, who also enclosed $10 - the seed money for my upcoming charity work!  A picture of the note card is above - "YOU INSPIRE ME."  The note reads: 

 "Dear Dede Rittman,  You inspire me.  I love that you want to raise money for kids who cannot see.  I wanted to give you some money so you can help kids.  Thanks again.  Love, "

This child's empathy and sensitivity touches my soul, so I had to share this beautiful note with my readers.  This note also reinforces the great influence teachers  have on students.  
I was a guest author/speaker in this school for a 35 minute presentation - long enough to make a connection with this student.  Teachers, this is a big reminder that students are listening, even when you think they are not!  

I hope this gesture touches your heart, as it did mine!  A picture of the note is below.  (I am protecting the student's identity.) 






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 


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®

GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit http://www.theauthorszone.com/submissions/  


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
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