Wednesday, March 11, 2020

"It's the little conversations that build relationships and make an impact on each student." Robert John Meehan

Everything we hear on the news right now right now is about the corona virus, and schools are now reacting to keep students and staff safe.  The WHO announced today that we have a pandemic. Today, many colleges are going online and telling students to expect that they will not return to campus until next semester.

I expect school districts to follow suit, and that worries me.  For so many kids, school is their safe space and where they want to be.  For some kids. school is the one place they are truly valued. And they feel that value because of a positive relationship with a TEACHER. 

I hope teachers can continue to keep a positive and solid relationship with students, even though they are not connecting in person every day.  I fear that this period of time will not enhance learning in the same manner as seeing and being with students every day.  The little conversations in the classroom, the hall, the lunchroom, or in study hall help to form great relationships between students and teachers.  Those conversations really matter.

Teachers and students both need to hang in there.  We are in uncharted waters, and something new always provides an opportunity for growth. 

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.  and a company called 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 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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