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?  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: 

GO, TEACHERS!  Keep up the good work!  

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

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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.  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  

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 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! 

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  The website now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!

Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. 

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