Wednesday, August 3, 2022

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. IT DOES." William James

 

                                                            GOOD HOUSEKEEPING 


Sometimes, a young person is so amazing that others have to sit up and take notice.

Meet 16 year old Landis Sims from Elizabeth, Indiana. He is a young man who is making a difference for so many kids, as he inspires others to be the best. 

Born limb deficient, Landis has  no hands and no lower parts of his legs.  Yet, he says that although he is legally handicapped, he does not see himself as physically handicapped.  Landis is a baseball player.  Yes, he is a quad-deficient person playing baseball! With the help of prosthetics and assistive devices to hold the baseball bat and more, Landis is living his dream to play baseball, all while inspiring other kids with disabilities to follow their dreams. Landis even threw out the first pitch at a Yankees game and spent time with the Yankees team! 

And now, Landis is the subject of a film, which was 8 years in the making, titled LANDIS: JUST WATCH ME. The film was just released on July 12. The interview at the link below includes Bob Babbitt, co-founder of the Challenged Althletes Foundation, a group that has helped so many young people to pursue their dreams of competing in athletics.

https://www.kusi.com/meet-landis-sims-a-quad-limb-deficient-teen-baseball-player/

Here is a link to the movie trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7df8Z9qa-fE 

Here is a lik to the film:  https://landismovie.com/ 

Here is a link to information about Landis as a child.  Even then, he was someone extra special. 

https://www.challengedathletes.org/athletes/landis-sims/

I am overwhelmed by the sheer tenacity of this young man, and I hope you will take the time to learn a little more about him.  He is making a difference to so many people - kids and adults.  They look at his challenges and decide that if he can overcome his problems and challenges, they can overcome theirs.  This young man is pure inspiration!

A picture of the movie poster from YouTube: 



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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

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!

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Monday, July 25, 2022

"Living in the moment, it's a gift. That's why they call it the present." Ted Lasso

 

                                                                            Magical Quote


It is July 25, so of course, advertisements for back to school are popping up everywhere- television, radio, and social media. When I was teaching for those 37 years, I hated to hear and see those ads in July, especially since school had only been out for about a month.  Our culture is always about what is NEXT, and few people live in the here and now.  I am not against planning; indeed, I am a great planner, but there is something wonderful to be said about being present in the moment. It is when we are present that real communication occurs, when we have our energy focused, when we are fully aware of our capabilities, and we can be fully ourselves. Many great ideas stream from being fully in the present. 

Teaching is a great profession, but to avoid bunrout, teachers need a long break to refuel energy and to restore health and hope.  Teaching is so draining - trying to meet the needs of everyone but yourself is exhausting.  As I recall, Christmas could not come fast enough!  

I hope teachers will ignore these early ads for back to school and enjoy living in the present.  September will come fast enough - no need to hurry it's arrival.  Enjoy life in the moment! Enjoy summer vacation!

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

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!

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Monday, July 18, 2022

NEW LIFELINE NUMBER 988 GOES LIVE JULY 16, 2022


                                                            Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services 

                

Somthing important happened with suicide prevention last week that I hope will make a difference for many people.  Instead of having to dial 1-800-SUICIDE, those in need simply need to dial 988.  After July 16, either dialing 988 or another number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) will connect the caller to the 988 number. 988 is more direct, simpler, and more expedient, along with being easier to remember.  I also like the idea that it is called a LIFELINE. 

The old system had flaws, including not always having a person avaialble to accept calls. The new number promises better service.   A national hotline number of just three digits seems to put suicide prevention in the important emergency category where it belongs.  I have read all of the information on the FAQ sheet, and it looks like they have all categories covered, including help for those who do not speak English. Here is a link to the FAQ sheet:   https://988lifeline.org/faq/

Let's hope that folks seeking help can get what they need through this new government initiative. Sometimes, the decision of whether or not to take one's own life is made very quickly, and expedient help is of the utmost importance.  I like the idea of the 988 number very much. 

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

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
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Monday, July 11, 2022

"Think BIG. Trust yourself and make it happen."


                                                www.upliftingandinspiringcontent.com


My post this week comes from a most unlikely source - a dog. Not just any dog, but a dog who has adapted to a physical disability issue and shares the lesson that if we believe we can, we can. We just have to trust ourselves.

Dexter is a Brittany Spaniel who lives in Ouray, Colorado.  When he was a puppy, he escaped the safety of his yard and ran into traffic, where he was hit by a car.  He lost one front leg and the other was severely injured.  His owner fashioned him a sort of "dog wheelchair" to help him to get around, but then something miraculous happened. Shunning the wheelchair, Dexter began walking upright, on two legs, just like a person!  Six years later, Dexter has become a social media superstar, and people come from miles away to meet him.  Additionally, this dog's method of coping with a tragedy - to face it head on and move forward with his life - has been an inspiration to thousands of people.  Sometimes, we need to quit overthinking our problems and ACT !  That's what Dexter did.

I always enjoy the Steve Hartman specials, and I think his subjects provide great hope and inspiration, on so many levels, especially this adorable dog.  I believe that humans have a lot to learn from their canine friends, like living life in the moment, learning to be patient, telling your best friend how much you love him, enjoying all life has to offer, and giving the sniff test before deciding on a new friendship.  But this lesson - adapting to what is holding you back and moving forward - is perhaps, the best lesson of all.

If you would like to see the Steve Hartman video on this adorable and courageous dog, please click on this link:  https://www.cbsnews.com/video/one-upstanding-dog/#x

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

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
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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

"Longtime friends are family that we choose." Patrick Regan

 


                                                                     www.wow4u.com

I have been retired from teaching since June of 2011, when I had to retire when my husband was dying from cancer.  I was not ready to retire, as I had taught only 37 years, and I wanted to stay at least 40 years.  I loved school!  One of the reasons I enjoyed my career so much was the great staff of friends I worked with.  My building was just for 9th and 10th grade students, and we had a large student population and staff.  Teachers, paras, clerical staff, and all other support staff worked together and formed great and lasting friendships.  Many of those friends have not seen each other in the past several years, all because of COVID.  That is about to change!  I am currently working with a few other retired staff members to plan a reunion picnic for our retired group.  After sending out just one group email, I have received so many responses and phone calls, prompting many memories and lots of laughs.  My heart is uplifted!

Reconnecting with others is something that many folks desperately need right now.  After so many long months of isolation, getting back to longtime friends is like returning to the arms of a loving family after a long trip away from home. 

I hope you can reconnect with someone from your list of longtime friends.  I promise your heart will feel happier! 

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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

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   GradyGetsGlasses
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Monday, June 27, 2022

"If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books." Raold Dahl

 


                                                                A Mighty Girl - Facebook 


I believe that reading is the single most important skill one can acquire.  When I was a child, twice a week I walked to the bookmobile (library on wheels) that came to our Heights Plaza Shopping Center.  The librarian became a friend, and she hand selected books that she knew would pique my interest.  She never disappointed.  Because of my love for reading, I did not experience that "summer slide" in education that plagues so many students.  

I saw a piece on the TODAY SHOW this morning about the author of the GOOSEBUMPS series, R. L. Stine. His books are aimed at an audience of 7-11 year olds.  In case you do not know, Stine has written over 300 books in the series, and sold more than 400 million books!  The books have also inspired 2 movies and a television show. Mr. Stine says that although technology has changed, fear of  the dark, lurking monsters, being somewhere new, and being lost have not changed, so kids still enjoy his books.

Watching this interview with R. L. Stine prompted me to write this blog.  If you are the parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent of a child 7-11 years old, and if they have not experienced any of the GOOSEBUMPS books, help them to discover a new love for reading!  Not only will their reading skills improve, you will help to stop their brains from falling into the dreaded "summer slide."  Time spent reading is never a waste of time, and time with a book makes for less time on electronic devices. You would be fostering a love for reading and lifelong learning, two pastimes that I strongly endorse.  Reading is the most important skill for success. 

If you would like to see the charming interview with R. L. Stine, here is the link: 

https://www.today.com/popculture/books/goosebumps-author-rl-stine-on-how-childhood-inspired-series-rcna35439


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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

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   GradyGetsGlasses
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

"A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life." John Wooden

 



                                                                 QuoteNova.net 


Teachers and coaches have such great opportunities to make a difference in the lives of their students and athletes. Temple University Women's Fencing Coach Nikki Franke has been making a difference for 50 years.  The only African American coach in Division I Fencing, she began her career as head coach in 1972, and yes, she is returning again next Fall.  Her fencing coach helped her to receive a college scholarship and to become an olympic athlete, and she has been paying it forward for 50 years.  Nikki likens teaching and coaching fencing to a physical game of chess.

I love her inspiring story and her continued enthusiasm for her sport and her players.  Nikki Franke has helped to shape thousands of lives in her 50 years of coaching.  She exemplifies the quote, "A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life." John Wooden   

To see an interview with Nikki Franke, please follow this link:

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/temple-fencing-coach-nikki-franke-has-been-inspiring-athletes-for-50-years-142557765508


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

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

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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