Monday, July 25, 2022

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


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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!

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

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

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!
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