Caroline and Papa: Growing Up and Growing Older

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AuthorHouse, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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     I had the career of a lifetime.  I was a teacher.  I began my teaching career believing that one person could make a difference, and throughout the years, I never lost sight of that conviction.  Teaching connected me to my students in ways quite humorous, as well as heart breaking.  I hope the reader laughs a lot and cries only a little, while walking in my footsteps as an educator.

     Laugh with me as you read about Fred, the crusty cockroach we set free to find his wife and eighty-seven children.  In addition, there is always my favorite story about the scary monster under the bed holding a student's homework hostage.  I fed a rooster and his hens bread crumbs for breakfast each morning, until they tried to follow me, in single file, into the school board building one day.  Some difficult students in summer school mistakenly believed my black patent leather belt to be a black belt in Karate.  Who was I to tell them differently? 

     Coming right on top of the laughs were the times I went home to cry.  I remember the student, new to our school, who went home one evening and hung himself, his cries for help coming too late.  I remember with equal sadness, the foster child we sponsored in Kenya who died because help did not reach him in time.  Closer to home was the overage student who was shot and killed while he participated in a home invasion, just days after he finished summer school.

     Outside factors reached inside our classroom as well, reeking havoc with the emotions of both the children and me.  The disastrous space shuttle, with the teacher on board, happened before our very eyes; while the greatest tragedy of all was the destruction of the twin towers on 9/11.

     These stories and many more comprise my educational career, and although there was no easy button, I would do it all over again.  I was a teacher.

 

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Contents

DECEMBER 2007
4
JANUARY 2007
7
Walking
8
Watercolors
9
Spring Weather
10
Birthday Parties
11
Play Dough
12
Tough Questions
13
Exercise
72
Exhaustion I
73
Whats in a Name?
74
The Storm
75
Quiet vs Noise
76
The Gray House
77
Bike Trip
78
Across the Generations
79

First Thing
14
The Little Princess
15
Dreams and Songs
16
More Tough Questions
17
Eleanor Roosevelt
18
School
19
Yellow Dogs and Red Hats
20
The Beach
21
Music
22
Tortoise and the Hare
23
The Energy Problem
24
Sports
25
Imagination
26
Writing
27
Ready to Shop
28
FEBRUARY 2007
29
Sharing
30
The Moon
31
Super Bowl
32
Surprise
33
Love and Loss
34
Practice
35
Reunion
36
Jewelry and Personality Traits
37
Valentines Day
38
Focus
39
Productivity
40
Napping I
41
Banjo
42
Fishing
43
Daddys Little Girl
44
Patience
45
Make Believe
46
Napping II
47
MARCH 2007
48
Playing Together
49
Protective
50
A New Face
51
Mandarin and Calligraphy
52
Writing a Book
53
Experiences
54
Someone You Can Learn From
55
Dreams
56
Leaving Early
57
Windy
58
Creativity
59
Parties
60
Friends
61
Dinosaurs
62
Timeless
63
Adult Words
64
A Special Room
65
APRIL 2007
66
Three Circles
67
The New House
68
Whats Different?
69
Easter Hype
70
The Easter Bunny
71
Dining Out
80
Parade Day
81
A Special Occasion
82
Story Telling
83
The Owl
84
JUNE 2007
102
The First Trip to the Pool
103
The Exhausting Play Date
104
Colors
105
Blue Dress
106
Frogs
107
Museum
108
Pretend Rocks
109
Little Things
110
Dolls
111
Boys and Girls
112
Her Ears Must Be Burning
113
New Tennis Racket
114
New Sneakers
115
Hanging Out
116
Last Day at Camp
117
Vacation
118
JULY 2007
119
The Little Engine That Could
120
Lobsters and Mussels
121
The Sun
122
Playground
123
Story Time
124
Blocks
125
Haircut
126
Are We There Yet?
127
Baseball
128
Words
129
Marionettes
130
Dock Island
131
Trees
132
Talking
133
Looking at the World Through a Childs Eyes
134
What Flies
135
Advent Calendar
214
Squirrels
215
Dirt
216
Ballet Preview
218
First Snowman
219
Constant Opportunities for Learning
220
Collections
221
Reindeer
222
More Questions
223
Snow Play
224
A Womans Touch
225
Daddys Home
226
Christmas Eve
227
Christmas
228
A Summer Day with Red Roses
229
New Baby
230
A Child of Both
231
Solutions
232
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