Terry Stoufer – Reflections from the NPHC

This week’s guest blogger is Terry Stoufer, a gifted and inspiring second grade teacher in Florida whose students took part in this year’s Not Perfect Hat Club global reading and blogging challenge, also known as NPHCBlogIt.  Here is the first of two posts written at two different times in the journey. Thank you Terry for your words of wisdom and willing to learn and share with us. The Heart of the Matter (Original Post -Tuesday, November 3, 2015) This weekend I tweeted out my excitement for the latest project we would be joining in on. A book, a generous author,  a blog and a world of students to connect with…what could be better?I was speaking of the kick off to the “Not Perfect Hat Club Blog It” project (#NPHCBlogIt). You can check out the project here . And you SHOULD! The author Jenaia Morane has written a wonderful children’s novel with a delightful dog named Newton as the main character and narrator of the story.I was excited to have another means to connect my students with students around the world, to have a purpose for blogging, and I am always ready for a new book to read.But what I didn’t expect was the impact it would have on me, only two days in. Before we read the story the students were asked to brainstorm what words came to mind when they heard these two words: Not Perfect. Here are some of my 2nd graders words: math, mess up, bad, wrong, horrible, mad, mean, not neat, try harder, work better, erasing, angry, clothes, glasses, writing and not great. These are just a...

Not Perfect Hat Club Celebrated in NY

   Click on image to read article There’s nothing quite so rewarding as seeing the results of your hard work and dreams reflected in the smiles of kids. Today, the very first official Not Perfect Hat Club  launched in Whitehall, New York as Deb Aubin’s 12 “Special Ed” kids proved once again that they are VERY special indeed.  Watch this amazing video that is airing on CBS 6 news in Albany, New York. Then read the inspirational story that appeared in the PostStar, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.    Click on image to read the article Please help us make the Not Perfect Hat Club and related teaching materials available to schools and students around the world by supporting our fundraising campaign. You can learn all about it by watching the video below and visiting our crowdfunding page: https://pubslush.com/project/4118 Click on the image above to play the...