April Stevenson

I identify myself as a facilitator of dreaming, learning, and living, I strive to bring all of these components into my classroom. I have been teaching in public k-12 for eight years, most of my experience is in grades 4th and 6th although I have had a nice sampling of all grades K-6 except 3rd grade. I love seeing the “ah ha” moment that spreads across a student’s face when they realize they understand a concept, especially when they have struggled in the learning process. I am constantly awed by the insights and depth of student thinking. I enjoy being an advisor to our Student Ambassador Leadership Team (student government) and their desires to have a positive impact in making a difference in our school and community. Outside of school I spend time with family, and my dog Hollie. I enjoy paper crafting and teach others this fabulous hobby as well. All in all I just try to dream, learn and live!

Finding the “Unique You” through Writing

Finding the “Unique You” through Writing

I have found it challenging at times to inspire, influence and simply get my students to write. Over the years I’ve heard: “I can’t write”, “I don’t know what to write about”, “I don’t have anything to write about”. I think these are common statements for any teacher who has the task of teaching writing.

I have found it challenging at times to inspire, influence and simply get my students to write. Over the years I’ve heard: “I can’t write”, “I don’t know what to write about”, “I don’t have anything to write about”. I think these are common statements for any teacher who has the task of teaching writing.... read more

Encouraging students to publish outside of the classroom

Encouraging students to publish outside of the classroom

“Last night on Kidblog I wrote about……”, “Over the weekend I blogged about my……” Would these be phrases you would like to hear in your classroom? Me too! When we have created a community of writers who take time outside of “assignments” to write then we have had an influence in the literary world. Encouraging

“Last night on Kidblog I wrote about……”, “Over the weekend I blogged about my……” Would these be phrases you would like to hear in your classroom? Me too! When we have created a community of writers who take time outside of “assignments” to write then we have had an influence in the literary world. Encouraging... read more

The Power of Words: Positive vs. Negative

The Power of Words: Positive vs. Negative

The “Magic Ratio” John Gottman, a researcher, studied positive and negative relationships among 700 married couples believed that negative experiences (words and emotions) needed to be balanced with positive experiences in a relationship in order for the relationship to be successful. He thought that there was a ratio of positive and negative experiences to balance

The “Magic Ratio” John Gottman, a researcher, studied positive and negative relationships among 700 married couples believed that negative experiences (words and emotions) needed to be balanced with positive experiences in a relationship in order for the relationship to be successful. He thought that there was a ratio of positive and negative experiences to balance... read more

The Power of Words: Gratitude

The Power of Words: Gratitude

Helping students find gratitude in their lives can lessen challenges they face, brighten their day, and empower them to do good. The more aware and grateful we are of what we have and our capabilities the more capable and effective we become in living, the “fullness of life”.

Helping students find gratitude in their lives can lessen challenges they face, brighten their day, and empower them to do good. The more aware and grateful we are of what we have and our capabilities the more capable and effective we become in living, the “fullness of life”.... read more

The Power of Words: A True Super Power

The Power of Words: A True Super Power

Words have influence in our world. They are powerful. Working with children, teens, and young adults to help them create power, as well as, empower others through their words is what makes teachers super-heroic.

Words have influence in our world. They are powerful. Working with children, teens, and young adults to help them create power, as well as, empower others through their words is what makes teachers super-heroic.... read more

Enhancing Creativity in Writing

Enhancing Creativity in Writing

Creativity + Students + Blogging= Happy Learners Have you ever asked your class to draw a picture, or to close their eyes and imagine a scene, only to have hands fly into the air with questions? Students start seeking clarification as to what it should look like, drilling down for specifics. I run into this

Creativity + Students + Blogging= Happy Learners Have you ever asked your class to draw a picture, or to close their eyes and imagine a scene, only to have hands fly into the air with questions? Students start seeking clarification as to what it should look like, drilling down for specifics. I run into this... read more