A Blog By Maria Dismondy

Hot Topics in Education-Common Core, Part 1

Hot Topics in Education-Common Core, Part 1

The Common Core standards were released in 2010 and 45 states adopted them across the country. The main hope was that as students move across state lines, the content being taught in classrooms from one state to the next would be the same or at least very similar....

#GrowthMindset-Stuck

#GrowthMindset-Stuck

What is the Growth Mindset? If this is your first time here, welcome! This is a 12-week series to help parents and teachers discover hidden gems across the internet that will help them teach Growth Mindset to the children in their lives. What is it? Fixed versus...

#GrowthMindset-The Dot

#GrowthMindset-The Dot

What is the Growth Mindset? If this is your first time here, welcome! This is a 12-week series to help parents and teachers discover hidden gems across the internet that will help them teach Growth Mindset to the children in their lives. What is it? Fixed versus...

#GrowthMindset-Almost

#GrowthMindset-Almost

What is the Growth Mindset? If this is your first time here, welcome! This is a 12-week series to help parents and teachers discover hidden gems across the internet that will help them teach Growth Mindset to the children in their lives. What is it? Fixed versus...

Lesson Plan-Christmas

Lesson Plan-Christmas

Hello readers and thank you for stopping by my blog Be The Difference. I am a children’s book author and mother to three young children. I am dedicated to spreading the important messages in my books to children around the world. I strive to make a difference in my...

March is Reading Month Contests!

March is Reading Month Contests!

  Happy March is Reading Month! This is my busiest time of year. I am traveling around schools in Michigan spreading the messages in my books and my experiences in literacy with children in preschool up to middle school. Following March is more fun in the...

Your Child’s FIRST Teacher

Your Child’s FIRST Teacher

It's simple. We are our children's first teachers. We have to take responsibilty in raising these little humans. So much of what they learn is by watching us. But what if you don't have training as a teacher? What if you aren't creative or you are not sure what is...

Photo Book Ideas

Photo Book Ideas

When Shutterfly offers me a free photo book, I never pass up. Wait, let me be honest. There was a coupon expiring once and we had just had our second daughter and we were in the hospital. I had my husband bring my computer to the hospital so I could finish the book...

Share & Spread

Share & Spread

The kickstarter campaign is off to a slow start which is not good. But I am remaining positive and thinking out of the box. Schools are contacting me about possible pledges from their PTO/PTA which is awesome. Check out the rewards for schools below and please share...

Vlog #6 After Dinner Rituals

Vlog #6 After Dinner Rituals

This summer I am posting video blog posts each week. If you haven't been around in awhile, here's what you missed. Click on each title of the weekly post to be connected to that week's video! This week is all about after dinner rituals. If you have anything to add,...