Anthony Smith, Hearing-Impaired Boy, Gets Custom Superhero, ‘The Blue Ear,’ From Marvel Comics (PHOTOS)

By now, you have heard the story about the 4-year-old and the blue ear. But I thought I would share it again because it shows how much can be accomplished when people work together. And what is education if not for the power of team work?

Anthony Smith, a 4-year-old hearing-impaired New Hampshire boy, was confident superheroes didn’t wear hearing aids.

So when his mother, Christina D’Allesandro, asked him to put in his “blue ear” one day, he put up a fight.

Flummoxed by her son’s reaction,D’Allesandro emailed Marvel Comics to see if there were any superheroes who might be able to help, WCVB reports.

For the rest of the article, click on the link below. And don’t forget to check out the great artwork this little boy’s blue ear inspired!

Anthony Smith, Hearing-Impaired Boy, Gets Custom Superhero, ‘The Blue Ear,’ From Marvel Comics (PHOTOS).

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Welcome to my new site!



If you are a returning reader, thanks for being patient and following me to this new site. Welcome back! and please accept my apologies for letting the old site lapse. I hope you weren’t hoping to re-read some of the posts, because they are all gone. I tried to recover, but recovery is not possible if there is no backup file! Ah, live and learn!! So I’m starting again with a new look and a new blogging tool. 

If you are new to my site, I hope you keep coming back. Each post is on a different topic in education. Please feel free to get involved in the discussion through the comments area. Give your point of view; share a story; give an example; ask a question. And if you want to say something privately, send me an email! 

Since I’ve blogged with WordPress in the past, and since there are educational posts there, I’ll just re-blog those posts so there’s more here than just this welcome. I’m almost pleased that my old site got blasted, as it was not easy to keep track of what I was blogging where. I’ll be doing all my education blogging and discussion from here now. 

Time to get back to work on blogging about topics of interest to educators!


Dr. Ellie


And What Should Teaching Be?

Our teaching should be engaging. That doesn’t mean we have to entertain; it means we need to maintain movement in our classrooms.

Last night, I watched a segment on 60 minutes that featured a former-Wall-Street-pundit-turned-online-tutor. What started out as just helping his niece grew into a nice little  non-profit organization to help students learn–in and out of classrooms!

That reminded me of this little project I came across on YouTube several months ago. It basically captures my ideas of what teaching is–or at least, what it should be.

Watch, enjoy, and prepare for the future…

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