Monday, May 16, 2022

"People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." Dale Carnegie


                                                                 The Littlest Golfer 


I know many entrepreneurs, and I love to be around them.  Although they work long hours and work hard, they have passion for what they are doing and they have FUN working toward their goals. I felt the same way about teaching.

When I was in the classroom for those 37 years, teachers were required to present some rather dry information.  I always tried to make it interesting for my students.  I remember when I was a newer teacher, and I wanted to impress the importance of the trial scene and the testimony in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.  The trial chapters are crucial to the full understanding of the book. My late husband and I were both active in local theater groups, so I decided that the two of us would play all the parts in the trial using different voices - including me, with my normal voice, as the narrator.  Scott was Tom Robinson, Jem, Atticus, Mr. Ewell, and others.  I read the judge as John Wayne, and I was Scout, Mayella, and th prosecutor.  We had such fun with this, and I used these tapes for years.  The students loved hearing the trial - and I could stop the tape at important times to review the testomony and make sure that everyone understood the finer points.  On the days that students were listeneing to the trial scene, no one was late, and kids would actually say things like, "Everyone be quiet!  Miss Rittman, start the tape, please!"  Helping students to enjoy the learning experience helps them to learn and retain knowledge.

Although it is near the end of the year, what enjoyable and memorable activity can you add into your classroom?  And what can you improve for students next year?  Teachers who have fun with teaching are usually very successful. 

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. 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!

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Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." Winnie the Pooh



Good Morning Quote

This week, I received a 9 x 12" big brown envelope of thank you notes from the students in grades K, 1, and 2 at Trafford Elementary School.  I presented there a few weeks ago with a program based on my children's book, GRADY GETS GLASSES.  Trafford is a "kind" school, and their staff spends time teaching the importance of kindness, so my program "Bunnies Don't Bully, and Neither Should Kids" was a great fit for their school.  

I present at lots of schools, and not everyone sends a thank you note, so to be the recipient of all the notes plus pictures of the kids with their books, and a picture with my "Win Lunch with the Author" group was very special.  (The librarian had the second grade students write a little answer to a prompt, and the best answers won lunch with me.) 

I love to send and recive both cards and thank you notes.  I feel happy when I am writing a note, and happy when I am reading one as well.  I think the Trafford librarian helped kids to understand how special it ican be to write a thank you note  Teaching students to send notes of appreciation when appropriate is another skill involved with being kind.  To return their favor,  I sent a picture of Grady the rabbit standing in the midst of all the notes to let the kids know how much Grady and I appreciated their efforts. 


Below is a picture of one of the notes, and a picture of Grady and the beauitul multi-colored notes! 




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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. 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
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Instagram   GradyGetsGlasses
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Monday, May 2, 2022

"If you can read this, thank a teacher."

 

                                                                        coolnsmart.com 


This week is TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK.  I know that during my 37 years in the classroom, I was always so grateful for a kind note, a flower, or even a heartfelt thank you. My school was North Allegheny Intermediate High School, which was a building for students in grades 9 and 10. We had a very active student council led and sponsored by a very caring teacher.  one year, for Teacher Appreciation Day, we were invited to a special event after school.  We sat in a circle and we were blindfolded, and a student read a letter to each one of us aloud, citing our best characteristics and outlining how we made a difference in the school.  Each person's letter was unique to that person.  At the end, we took off the blindfolds and saw the student who wrote about us.  Each teacher was presented with a T shirt that said "Teacher Appreciation Day" on the front, and listed characteristics of a good teacher.  The shirts had the names of each teacher printed on the back. What a special gift that was!  Although I have been involved in both the recieving end and the planning end of teacher appreciation activities, none has ever touched me the way that one did.  I would guess that event probealby happened around 1995.  I wore that T shirt for year - every Teacher Appreciation Day.

During my experience, I saw teachers work so hard to provide for the needs of each individual student. No one in my school had a workday that ended at 3:00.  Teaching was and is a never-ending job.

I am thankful to all the teachers who helped me to become a teacher, and all those who mentored me in my career.  I am thankful for all my former students who became teachers, insuring that the mantle of excellence in teaching was carried forth.  Please remember to thank a teacher! 

P.S.  Although I retired some years ago, I still have every thank you ever given to me. 

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. 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   GradyGetsGlasses
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism." Colleen Wilcox

 

                                                                   We Are Teachers 


With schools, colleges, and universities all closed during the pandemic, I have not done my normal amount of presentations and intereacting with students.  With my book Student Teaching: The Inside Scoop from a Master Teacher, I really enjoy meeting with the students at the college level who are education majors - and I love presenting "Dede's 3 C's for Classroom Success - Confidence, Communication, and Creativity." I enjoy presenting to middle school and high school on a variety of topics- and the one that seems to help the kids most is my "Get Organized and Improve Your Grades" presentation.  Then, with my children's book, Grady Gets Glasses, I have an assortment of presentations from "Bunnies Don't Bully, and Neither Should Kids" to "Be an Author!"  I have given some virtual presentations, but they are never as spontaneous nor as much fun as in-person presentations.

This week, I am so happy to be back in the elementary classrooms of two local schools. Being with the elemenatary students is so uplifting!  I love it when they ask silly questions about Grady the bunny - for example, this question, asked with the utmost in seriousness and respect:  "Miss Dede, what is Grady's favorite dessert?"  My answer?  "Carrot cake, of course!"  I also love seeing the children thinking - and yes, after teaching for 37 years, you CAN see kids thinking.  They have serious expressions on their faces, and they show great signs of concentration and questioning, right before raising their hands to ask a question.  I loved teaching for my entire life - it is what I do best - and being back in the classroom is so wonderful. I was very touched by a second grader who approached me after the presentation on Monday and whispered in my ear, "You are me most favortie author - ever!" Indeed, the energy and enthusiasm from the kids makes me realize how dull virtual learning really is. Becasue teaching is entirely about relationships, in person teaching and learning is best. 

The school on Monday had the students make paper glasses with bunny ears!  Such fun! The students wore these adorable glasses to the presentation and this great activity really added to the anticipation of my presentation. 

If you would like to me to come into your classroom, or your book club, rotary club, service organization, or for any reason, please send em an email at DedeRittman@gmail.com  Tell me a little about your group and what you are looking for, and I will share my list of offerings with you.  One presentation well-liked by adult groups i "How to Write and Publish Your Own Book."  I will walk you through all it took for me to get to my published books.  Many adults feel that they would like to write a book - so why not give it a try and learn what is involved?

So - group or school, please invite me to your group and I promise they will enjoy the content and my unique deleivery and sense of humor.  I have all my Pennsylvania clearances, and I look forward to hearing from you!  

Programs avaialble are listed below.  If you want something you don't see, call or email me, and I will create a program for your group. 

Be an Author!  (grades K-2)

Be an Author (enhanced version) grades 3-5

Bunnies don't bully, and neither should kids! K-2

I also come into individual classrooms to work with kids who are creating their own books - K-12 

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. 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   GradyGetsGlasses
Pinterest   Rittman Publishing, LLC ® 


















Monday, April 18, 2022

"Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story." Josh Shipp

 

                                                            learngrowflourish.com
                                  

I recently saw a story about a non profit in New Orleans that was really intriguing.  A man named Sonny Lee started his program SON OF A SAINT in 2011.  It is a mentorship program for young boys and teens who have no father figure in their lives.  Boys have lost their fathers for a variety of reasons:  long-term incarceration, deportation, violence, or even willful neglect.  Founder Sonny Lee knows what is like to grow up without a dad - Sonny watched his father die before him from a heart attack.  His dad was only 36, and Sonny was just 3 years old, and that terrible scene is his earliest memory.  Sonny honors his dad with the name of his charity. His dad played for the New Orleans Saints, hence, the name SON OF A SAINT. When he started high school at an all-male school, Sonny recognized the importance of good male role models, and he has tailored his programs accordingly. 

Sonny was raised by a strong mother, and he said his program to help turn fatherless boys into men is really his mother's program - he tries to do all the things for the boys that his mother did for him.  In the past 10 years, Son of a Saint has mentored 200 young men to make positive choices in their lives through mental health intiatives, recreation, and strong mentorship.  Many of the students have earned scholarships to college, and their success is a huge inspiration to the founder.  Helping boys to succeed is Sonny Lee's passion, and with a strong team around him, his group is having amazing successes. 

So many young people in our country are in great need of positive adult role models and adults who are engaged in their lives.  After reading all about the program, it seems to me that this model could be copied and could work all over our country. 

I applaud Sonny Lee and his non profit for the great work they are doing.  If you would like to see more about their work, please click on the link to their website and the link to a wonderful stroy about Sonny Lee and his group on THE TODAY SHOW. 

https://sonofasaint.org/

https://www.today.com/video/new-orleans-program-helps-young-boys-who-are-without-fathers-137134661549

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. 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   GradyGetsGlasses
Pinterest   Rittman Publishing, LLC ® 






Monday, April 11, 2022

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

 

                                                                       AZ QUOTES 


Tiger Woods did not win The Masters this past weekend, and yet, he was the star of the tournament. Once again, he made a comeback that startled the world.  After his terrible car crash on February 23, 2021, doctors doubted that Woods would ever play golf again.  They considered amputation of his leg, and some doubted if he would even walk again.  Fast forward 14 months and countless hours of therapy for Tiger, and he announces that he is going to play in The Masters.  I have been to Augusta National, and it is a hilly golf course, 5 miles long, with lots of uneven lies and steps.  It is a long walk for someone with two good legs, but walking it with an injured leg had to be grueling.  If you watched the tournament, you saw Tiger limping a bit, and he said he would have lots of ice on his leg between rounds. 

I think this comeback is similar to Ben Hogan's return to golf in 1949.  Hogan spent 60 days in a hospital after a terrible car crash in February of 1949 in which it took an hour to extricate him from the car. He was hit head on by a 200.000 thousand pound bus. There were no airbags in cars in 1949, so his injuries were numerous.  Doctors doubted that he would walk again, yet, a little more than a year later, he won the US Open at Merion in 1950.

Although Tiger did not have a fairy tale ending for the 2022 Masters, his participation in the tournament, and actually competing to make the cut, teaches golfers and others some important lessons.  Despite his horrific injuries and intense pain, Tiger never gave up on himself.  He visualized where he has been - Number 1 golfer in the world, winner of 15 major championships - and then he visualized where he would be again.  The fact that he was able to recover and walk at Augusta after just 14 months is nothing short of a miracle.  I like how Tiger beleives in himself, and when he competes, he is in the game to win, not just to play. Tiger allows the world to see him holding himself to high expectations, modeling that noble concept for everyone to learn and copy.  I like that very much, and if I were still coaching golf, I would be using his story to inspire my players.  Everyone can do better - if we just beleive in ourselves and hold ourselves to our own high expectations. 

I am including a few links about Tiger's recovery, and about the story of Ben Hogan.  Please click on the links if you are interested. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/golf/for-tiger-a-walk-unlike-any-other-awaits-at-the-masters/2022/04/07/bc1d8928-b639-11ec-8358-20aa16355fb4_story.html

https://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2022/04/08/tiger-woods-ben-hogan-staged-the-masters-comeback/ 

https://www.golfdigest.com/story/ben-hogan-car-crash-accident-recovery-tiger-woods

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. 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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