About

“… a little rebellion now and then is a good thing” – Thomas Jefferson

Welcome to Seconds.

I’m Anthony McGrann, a second grade teacher at Epiphany School in Seattle. This blog is a way for me to share what I’m learning, reflect on my teaching, practice leaving a positive digital footprint, write more, reach an audience beyond the walls of my school, receive feedback, engage in something that I’d like my students to do, and maintain a growth mindset.

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow” – John Dewey

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Good luck on your career. I did 33 years 11th grade American and 9th grade world history. Inner city, violent, drug invested, minority, low skilled Miami, Florida. Some did OK,however. Thomas became a policeman, Richard went to Harvard, and Esmeralda a teacher for the disabled.

  2. I just retired after 33 years in the public school system. This summer I attended a wedding of one of my previous kindergarten students. It was not my first. I can’t tell you the pride I feel as I interact, with them, as adults. I could have never guessed a job that brought me so much joy (and so much frustration, at times) would change my life forever. Enjoy!

  3. This responds to your blog entry on cursive (I could not find a comment-link on that page).

    Handwriting matters … But does cursive matter? 

    Research shows: the fastest, clearest handwriters avoid cursive. They join only some letters, not all of them: making the easiest joins, skipping others, using print-like shapes for letters whose cursive and printed shapes disagree. (Citation on request.) 

    Reading cursive still matters — this takes just 30-60 minutes to learn, and can be taught to a five- or six-year-old who knows how to read. The value of reading cursive is therefore no justification for writing it. 

    When following the rules doesn’t work as well as breaking them, it’s time to re-write and upgrade the rules. The discontinuance of cursive offers a great opportunity to teach some better-functioning form of handwriting that is actually closer to what the fastest, clearest handwriters do anyway. (There are indeed textbooks and curricula teaching handwriting this way. Cursive and printing are not the only choices.)

    A final note: whatever your elementary school teacher may have been told by her elementary school teacher, cursive signatures have no special legal validity over signatures written in any other way. (Don’t take my word for this: talk to any attorney.)

    Kate Gladstone — CEO, Handwriting Repair/Handwriting That Works
    Director, the World Handwriting Contest
    Co-Designer, BETTER LETTERS handwriting trainer app for iPhone/iPad
    http://www.HandwritingThatWorks.com
     

    • Thanks for responding. I agree with your comments. I will check out your link. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s legible, efficient, and the time used to teach any kind of handwriting be linked to some sort of literacy purpose.

  4. Hello Anthony or should I say Mr. Grann,
    Your a great writer and I’ve been enjoying reading your posts. I’m also a teacher and run a non-profit preschool program at a local Community Centre. Just wanted to tell you to keep up the great writing!!!

  5. Love your ABOUT. Practicing what we teach is the most authentic lesson we can offer our students and the best way to keep ourselves in shape for humbly doing so.

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