Wednesday, July 14, 2021

"Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body." Norman Vincent Peale

                                                                     AZ QUOTES 

With the pandemic winding down and fewer restrictions in place, it is great to see people going on vacation and seeking relaxation again. I am especially heartened to see my teacher friends (who are still in the classroom) relaxing a bit.

The majority of the classroom teachers I know worked far more hours per week during the lockdown/hybrid/some normal/no normal school year that finished last month.  Many spent several hours a day on email alone - making sure assignments were understood, answering parent questions, and preparing for both virtual and in-person learning.  This summer is a great time to regroup and recharge.

I really looked forward to summer vacation when I was teaching.  I had so many jobs then - teaching 3 subjects, serving on a plethora of committees, coaching, directing, and more.  With all of my in-school activities and after-school activities, my work week was always 60+ hours;  I never had a 40 hour work week unless we had snow days. Despite the fact that most teachers continue to work on new materials for the coming school year, the daily pressures are not there, allowing the body to rest and the mind and spirit to calm down. 

Summer is halfway over, so relax and recharge!  The school year will be here before you know it.   I just saw Halloween costumes in Sam's Club, so back to school sales are not far behind!  Always hated seeing those back-to-school sales flyers in July.  Enjoy the present - relax and recharge!

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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 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 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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