Wednesday, June 9, 2021

"A goal is a dream with a deadline." Napoleon Hill

 


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I saw a little blurb on the news that touched my heart is a big way.  I think that with all teachers, a student's personal triumph - large or small - matters.  Educators can cajole,  push,  and encourage, but the accomplishment is up to the student .  A senior at Windber High School in Windber, Pennsylvania, has spina bifida.  She has been in a wheelchair for her lifetime, although she has always wanted to walk  She left her wheelchair behind on graduation night, when she WALKED - with the aid of her mom and a walker - to receive her diploma.  She dreamed it, she worked toward it, and she accomplished it! What a magnificent personal triumph! I am teary-eyed even writing about this.

When a student reaches a personal goal, it should be celebrated!  I am so thrilled for this young lady that she could achieve her goal and walk across the stage on such a meaningful occasion.  I am sure that many students and teachers cried tears of joy for her.

Here is a video of this wonderful moment.  Congratulations to Megan Ott and her dream walk!  Well done! 

https://wnyt.com/commit-to-kids/pennsylvania-girl-with-spina-bifida-walks-to-receive-high-school-diploma/6127806/ 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman 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 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 

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

"Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life." Jackie Chan

 

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My readers know that I am all about education, inspiration, and kindness. (37 years in the classroom have made me into a perpetual teacher. No going back - ever!)   I found a story this week that encompasses the best of education, inspiration, and kindness.

In Boutte, Louisiana, a panicked student approached a teacher just before graduation began. Daverius Peters told a teacher, John Butler, that administrators said his shoes did not conform to their standards, and that Daverius would not be permitted to walk across the stage and receive his diploma in the shoes he was wearing. Without a second thought, Mr. Butler slipped off his own shoes - two sizes too big for Daverius -  and Daverius was able to participate in graduation. 

According to busyteacher.org, the average teacher makes 1500 decisions per day, which averages to about 4 per minute.  I have the feeling that Mr. Butler's decision to lend his shoes was the simplest decision he had made all day.

So often, students look to teachers as role models and surrogate parents.  Mr. Butler's thoughtful gesture will impact students positively for years to come.  I like this story so much. It feels good to see such a positive exchange between student and teacher, and I think it's terrific that the news picked up this uplifting story.  Thank you, Mr. Butler, for your unselfish and caring act to help a student.  You are a teacher who makes a difference. 

Here is a link to the story - well worth the few minutes read and viewing.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/daverius-peters-john-butler-shoes-louisiana-high-school-graduation/


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