Thursday, March 7, 2019

"Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." Zig Ziglar

When I was in the classroom for those wonderful 37 years, I can remember many students saying to me, "Mrs. Rittman, you really LIKE teaching."  I would always answer the same way : "No, I don't like teaching; I LOVE teaching."  My enjoyment of the position, along with coaching golf and directing shows, really resonated with the students, which was not a surprise to me.  People enjoy being around those who are happy in their work. The kids knew which teachers were simply "putting in time" until retirement, but they really gravitated to those who enjoyed their work.  

As teachers, we try to teach our students to be upbeat, and not defeated. We try to instill a positive outlook and a "can do" attitude in their psyches, but these things are not possible unless we model that same behavior.  Teachers have many responsibilities, but I think helping students to be positive is a gift that will last for a lifetime. 

The picture above with the quote by Zig Ziglar would be an excellent classroom resource to be displayed in your classroom. I know it will generate questions and some very teachable moments. 

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 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 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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