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Bio: I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.

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  1. shoebears says:

    As a fellow teacher, I would love it if you could share some of my books with your students. The children at our school tell me how much they enjoy them. ‘Kydee’ had lots of giggles from the 3 and 4 year olds. My dream is to see my books in the hands of more children around the world. I hope you can share 🙂 https://www.amazon.com/Dawn-Doig/e/B07BTPQJH7 Here are some reviews from our Grade 1 class:
    First Graders Yaoundé Cameroon
    “My favorat part is wen the new kid kame Zac and he toke the pensel and he was using it I like it becose I like the boy
    I like when Petara penilse was flying and close his eyes and when he close his eyes he was flying in the air and when the boy bopt his hede
    My farvret part was web the pencil was flying in the air and why I liked that part it is becuase I saw the pecnil in the air and he was emaning the he was flying
    My favrit part was when she fly’s like an angel and I like angels becuse I am a cristan.
    My favorite part in the book Petra pencil pines for pizza my favorite part is when she was imagagining she was a fairy.
    The part that I like is when she fly and the flower around her body she fell the kid taked her and draw on the paper a threecher gave the kid the piselll he or she was happy It is my favorit part because she can fly and she had flower all around her I lik it because she can talk and she has arms”
    = review written by first graders in Yaoundé, Cameroon

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  4. Hi Jennie. I just wanted to let you know I posted something for Teacher Appreciation Week yesterday that I think you might be interested in.🤗

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  6. Thanks for sharing a bit of your story. For a long time, I said that high school teachers need to learn from elementary teachers on how to teach – and elementary teachers can learn suitable content from high school teachers to help avoid misconceptions.

      • Jennie says:

        Ah ha. What a shame, ‘cause you were right.

      • Many of my educational thoughts were against the norm, so I got used to rejection while knowing it was their loss, not mine.

      • Jennie says:

        Great attitude! And, I echo your thoughts. Emergent Curriculum is my middle name. 🙂. You’ll have to look up my Boston robot post one day. No way would a ‘regular’ teacher have done this. Apologies…I get excited about teaching. I’m on the road with hubby headed to see our grandchildren after a year and a half, in case you’re wondering why I have time to type.

    • Jennie says:

      I like that concept. I wish all teachers put it into practice. I watched a new teacher practice songs for their year-end event with families. It would have been perfect for a 2nd grade concert, not preschoolers. She’s a wonderful teacher, she just needs more experience.

  7. Hello from an Indian teacher! Good to read and be here.

    Nara x

  8. mitchteemley says:

    Jennie, FYI, the young man (#hood) who typed a string of numbers in the midst of our Response dialogue, means no harm. He’s autistic, and tends to think of everything in terms of numbers.

  9. Barbara Scofidio says:

    Hi Jennie! I’m writing a monthly column in the Groton Herald about inspiring local women and would like to feature you. I started it because there are so many amazing women in town and there’s so much we can all learn from their stories…Hope you will share your story and I know people will love it! They love you!
    If you’re interested, please email me at bscofidio@gmail.com. It shouldn’t take more than a half hour.

  10. Hi Jennie, I just wanted to clarify the repost on Craig Wilson’s USA Today column. It was a column he wrote at Christmas time on one occasion during his long career. It was not his final column. “A Glow In The Darkness Is The Best Gift Of All” is the name of his Christmas column. He wrote a column each Wednesday for years which was known as “The Final Word.” Sorry for any confusion there.

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