Friday, October 19, 2018

"The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement." John C. Maxwell





Sometimes, you just have to call out hypocrisy when you see it.  Although I rarely write anything political, I have to speak out about this topic.

A 7th grade girl, 12 year old Brooke Choi, is a talented football player and has been a part of a football team for three years. She has suddenly been denied a position on the team- the "Crusaders" in Philadelphia.  She loves the game, her dad is a coach, and  she has even been a contributing member of champion teams in the last three years. So, why would she be denied the ability to play the sport she loves?   The answer is this - because she attends a Catholic school, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia believes there could be  "inappropriate touching."   Really?  Through pads and helmets? While the game is going on? While running, passing, and tackling?  

I am stunned. If you have viewed the shocking and disgusting Pennsylvania Attorney General's report on the rampant decades-long sexual abuse perpetrated by priests, this statement is nothing short of hypocritical. I am a Pennsylvania resident, and when this report was released on August 14, 2018, parts of it read like an X-rated novel, except that the lewd acts were being committed against children.  Perusing this report made my stomach turn and my heart ache, so I stopped reading. The Catholic Church overlooked decades of abuse, and now, they want to deny a girl the ability to participate in the sport she loves.  By the way, it isn't just this girl - the Archdiocese will not allow any girls to play on the football team.  Have they never heard of Title IX? I hope their federal funds disappear.

I urge you to take a look at the article about this controversy.  Shame on these hypocrites for thinking football is about "inappropriate touching" instead of camaraderie, working toward a goal bigger than oneself, acquiring new skills, sharing group experiences, learning self-reliance and accountability, and understanding the value of becoming part of a team. I coached for 33 years, the the lessons kids learn from being on a sports team are used throughout their entire lives. This girl loves football, and if she is talented enough to make the cut, she should be able to participate in the sport of her choice.

Here is link to the article.  https://sports.yahoo.com/archdiocese-philadelphia-denies-talented-girl-spot-cyo-football-fear-inappropriate-touching-202339166.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 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 

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Friday, October 12, 2018

"The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other." Robert John Meehan





When I began teaching in the Stone Age (1974), there were no computers, smart boards, or copy machines!  Xerox had not yet become a verb. Our extra resources were our record players, 16 mm films, and mimeograph machines, along with the chalkboard and chalk.    In my day, we shared dittos and ideas, worksheets, and strategies, in a very limited community.  Today's classroom is so different, and the Internet is allowing some bright and motivated teachers to cash in on their brilliant strategies.\, so today's teachers are so fortunate to share with other teachers - worldwide! 

Have you heard of Teachers Pay Teachers?  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/  This website allows teachers to sell their ideas and hard work to other teachers!  One teacher has made over a million dollars from the site, and both she and her students are benefiting from her hard work.  Many items on the site are just a few dollars, and t is fun to peruse, even to gain a new perspective.

Teacher sellers offer the lesson plans, bulletin boards, and more - all ideas and projects/materials that have been successful in their own classrooms.  This website truly takes collaboration to an entirely new level!  I was so impressed by this story - I hope teachers will take a minute to view the clip and check out this site.  By the way, I am not being paid for my endorsement - I just think it is a great idea to share other great ideas.


Here is the link to the Today Show interview about Teachers Pay Teachers:
https://www.today.com/video/how-teachers-use-social-media-to-share-ideas-and-make-extra-cash-1339945027828?v=raila& 

GO, TEACHERS!  Keep up the good work!  

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!

Twitter       @dederittman
Periscope   @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
Google +   Dede Rittman
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

"I'd love to see former students and teachers who I used to work with." Sandi McKee




I was privileged to be invited to the 35th class reunion of the North Allegheny Class of 1983.  I loved that class of kids - so many great students with a good sense of humor, personalities plus, outstanding athletics, and a superb work ethic.  I am actually good friends with several of my former students from that class, which is how I received the very special invitation to the reunion.  I am so glad I went!

Although the Class of 1983 was over 700, under 100 attended the reunion, but it was just right.  There was time to talk to each of my former students, and to reminisce about "the old days."  

There is something so funny about the relationship between students and teachers, Students always think their teachers are SO old.  While speaking with my former students on Saturday, some laughed to discover that I am now 65 and they are now 54, and our age difference is not so great after all! 

I had an interesting discussion with one young man who asked me if I remembered my nickname for him - "The Big G." WE laughed about my penchant for assigning nicknames. I explained to him that I created nicknames for students so they would feel special, and that I wanted kids to feel safe and welcomed into our classroom. That was my strategy for classroom control, since all of teaching is based on relationships. I explained that by building a classroom culture of friendliness and familiarity, students would want to be on time, because they would not want to miss anything.  I enjoyed seeing the expressions on my former students' faces regarding these topics of discussion, as most of them are parents, and they hear their own children talk about the teachers who "like" them.  They enjoyed being in on my "teacher secrets."

The students I knew in 10th grade have become successful adults, parents, and community members.  I am so proud of each one, and for the record, I must admit that I also had many of their children in class!  Teaching in the same school for 35 years creates a wonderful and large circle of connections.

I was so pleased to be invited and spend some time with the North Allegheny Class of 1983.  I loved them in 10th grade, and nothing has changed, except we all got a little older. 

Teachers who give respect to students receive respect in return. Teaching is all about creating positive relationships, which can last for a lifetime. 


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!

Twitter       @dederittman
Periscope   @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 ®