Front-loading and a New School Year

Front-loading and a New School Year

The new school year is well under way, and educators have been working hard! This is a because of a process called front-loading.
Front-loading, in education, is a process where teachers allocate extra energy at the beginning of the school year. We do this to have a smooth rest of the year. Some examples of front-loading in education are:

  • Setting up classroom rules and expectations.
  • Reviewing and practicing classroom procedures so they become second nature.
  • Practicing appropriate behavior during transition times.
  • Setting up and practicing school-wide expectations (e.g. behavior in hallways, assemblies, etc.).
  • Teaching classroom policies for things such as: how to turn in work, what to do when a student finishes early, rules for group work, etc.
  • Setting up academic expectations.
  • Gathering baselines for the beginning of the year.
  • Learning students interests, strengths and areas of need.
  • Establishing a positive tone for the class.

Front-loading takes a lot of energy It takes a lot of time thought to have a well-run class, but setting up and diligently enforcing classroom standards at the beginning of the year sets the tone for the entire school year. It’s exhausting, but well worth it!

Summer Break!

Summer Break!

If you are a teacher, mid-June and on is a happy time.
This is, of course, because most of us are on summer break!

Summer break refreshes you, and gives you time to process and plan in a relaxing setting–the beach being ideal! Come August, I will start up blogging again. For all those teachers and school professionals, have an amazing break!

Book Announcement! Lavalino Finds His Forever Home

As an educator, I’ve always tried to teach my students the importance of persistence in following your life dreams. This last year, I have been purposefully trying to practice what I teach, as I have been working diligently on my first book. I am super excited to let you know that it’s now out!

Lavalino Finds His Forever Home was just published and is available on Amazon and elsewhere as both an ebook and a print version (it is also in the Amazon lending library until March). It’s been such a passion project of mine, particularly because the central character is based on a cat who was important to our family, and I put a lot of love and work into it.

This is the first book in a series, The Adventures of Lavalino, and it introduces the scrappy and loveable street kitty as he searches for a forever home.  The story is set in Sicily, Italy, and readers, parents and teachers get a flavor of the country’s people and culture.  The colorful watercolor illustrations add to the story’s appeal. The back contains a glossary of the Italian phrases used throughout the book, and gives a touch of the language for young readers.

Please check out the book and let me know what you think. Positive reviews are helpful and welcome! Thanks so much!