Hello, I'm Maridee Ryan...
This 2019-2020 school year is my 43rd year of teaching. I began my teaching journeyin 1977, when I graduated from Michigan State University. I taught in Jackson, Michiganfor two years. Upon moving to Dallas in 1979, I began teaching Science at J.W. Carpenter Elementary. I also taught grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in Dallas. Since 1986, I have been at Boyd Elementary. I initially taught 3rd grade for 6 years and then taught AIM (Gifted and Talented) for 9 years. In 2001, I returned to third grade, which just happens to be my favorite grade!
MY VISION FOR THE 2019-2020 YEAR IS TO...*Allow Learners to Comfortably Take Risks
*Help Children GROW in their "Reading Life"
*Laugh...and Inject Humor into Learning
*Expose Learners to Great Literature*Teach/Recognize Empathy and Compassion for Others*Encourage Growth Mindsets*Focus on Goal-setting and High Expectations
Favorites...Favorite Artists: H. Matisse, M. Chagall, Jacob Lawrence, Sandi Fitzgerald
Favorite Songs: Edelweiss, Young At Heart
Favorite Singers: Harry Chapin, Frank Sinatra, Los Indios Trabajaros, Etta James, Havana NRG, Chants from Monks in Austria, Joni Mitchell
Spare Time Activities: Knitting, Reading, Walking, Watching Movies and Documentaries, Scrabble, Kayaking
Favorite Children's Books: Hickory Chair, Mr. Lincoln's Way, and Thank You Mr. Falker, Tiger Rising, and Out of My Mind.
Favorite Children's Authors: Polacco, Bunting, Wargin
Favorite Sounds: Kids laughing, Trains, geese honking, acorns hitting the roof
Favorite TV Shows: Anything about law or crime, Documentaries about Education, Biographies, News
Favorite Spots: Northern Michigan, San Antonio, hotels
Favorite Scents: Lilac, Hyacinth, Gardenia, Coconut, Citrus
Favorite New Word/s: ubuntu
definition:South African kindness: humanity, compassion, and goodness, regarded as fundamental to the way Africans approach lifeFavorite Poets: Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost, and Mattie Stepanek
Spare Time I Enjoy: Technology, Writing, Crafts, ReadingFavorite Spots in Allen: Public Library, OTB, Hobby Lobby, Mi Cocina
I Wish I Could: Cook, Sing
Favorite Games To Play: Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Jeopardy, Pick Two, and any word games
Last Books I Read:
The Innovator's Mindset by Couros
Elderhood by Aronson
Girl, Wash Your Face (R. Hollis)
Disruptive Thinking (Probst and Beers)
Guided Reading (Scholastic) Jan Anderson
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan
Everything Happens For a Reason by Kate Bowler
Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
The Essential 55 by Clark
Rising Strong by Brene Brown
A Man Called Ove by BackmanLines by Magrady
Word Nerds by Overturf, Montgomery, and Smith
8 Habits of Love by Ed BaconThe Artist's Way byTalk, Read, Talk, Write by Motley
The Great Lakes
The End of Molasses Classes by ClarkAs Far As the Heart Can See by NepoDaring Greatly by Brown
The Best of Sydney Harris
10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know by AndersonThe Happiness Project by RubinThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Haddon
Writing With Kindergarteners by Dumaine
A New Set of Eyes by D'Arcy
World Religions by Pollock
The Four Things That Matter Most by ByockWater for Elephants by Gruen
The Noticer by Andy Andrews
Meditations With Tea by Rosen
Creative Is A Verb by Digh
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brown
Brain Rules by John Medina
Teach Like A Champion by Doug Lemov
A Whole New Mind by Pink
The Differentiated Math Classroom by Murray
The Element by Sir Ken Robinson
Comprehension Connection by McGregor
The Book Whisperer by Miller
The Measure of a Man by Poiter
Helping Your Child with Selective Mutism by McHolm
The Outliers by Gladwell
The Morning Meeting by Kriete
Thank God It's Monday by Emmerich
life is a verb by P.Digh
Five Equations That Changed the World by Guillen
The Art and Science of Teaching by Marzano
The Last Lecture by Pausch
Teachers, Change Your Bait! by Kaufeldt,
The Remarkable Baobab by Pakenham
How Full Is Your Bucket? by Rath and Clifton
A New Earth by Tolle
Teaching From the Deep End by Belmonte
Sahara Special by Codell
The Latehomecomer by Yang
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Jacobs
The Glass Castle by Walls
Three Cups of Tea by Mortenson
A Kick In the Attitude! by Glenn
Seedfolks by Fleischman
Same Kind of Different As Me by Hall and Moore
Quiet Strength, a Memoir by Tony Dungy
Classic Wiley by Ralph Wiley
By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
eat, love, pray by Gilbert
Balcony People by Heatherly
The Alchemist by Coelho
The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Kushner
*Ten Conversations You Need To Have With Your Children by Boteach
What Great Teachers Do Differently by Whitaker
*The Heart Speaks by Guarneri
Fierce Conversations by Scott
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Fadimar
Coming To Our Senses by Kabat-Zinn.
Favorite Puzzles: Oekaki Logic and CrosswordsQuotes to Ponder
Let your conscience be your guide.
You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.
Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.
-Edward de Bono
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.
Child, give me your hand
That I may walk in the light
Of your faith in me.
Those who are humble do not think less of themselves, they simply think of themselves less.
If you confer a benefit, never remember it; if you receive one, never forget it.
If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.
-James Freeman Clarke
You have to think anyway, so why not think big?
We must teach our children to dream with open eyes.
Two roads diverge in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by.
And that has made all the difference.
If you don't execute your ideas...they'll die.
Attitudes are contagious. Do you want people to catch yours?
If you're too busy to help the people around you succeed, you're too busy.
Character is what you are in the dark.
Inches make champions.
I could use a hundred people who don't know there is such a word as impossible.
Be gentle and patient with people. Everyone's bruised.
The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
-Hazrat Inayat Khan
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Children Learn What They Live
-Dorothy Law Nolte
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn,
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
I am made of all that I have seen.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!
No act of love, however small, is ever wasted.
When death finds you, hope that it finds you alive.
- Japanese proverb
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.
-Booker T. Washington
Talent is God-given; be thankful
Praise is man-given; be humble.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
Faith is not the knowledge of what the mystery of the universe is, but the conviction that there is a mystery and that it is greater than us.
-Rabbi David Wolpe
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
-Charles R. Swindoll
Children have more need of models than of critics.
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
Those who know better, do better.