Posts by Bethanie Tucker:

Many bridges to cross: ‘Safe’ harbor

November 8, 2017 Published by

Daddy’s brothers—my uncles—visited frequently when I was a child. They would show up unexpectedly and “stay” with us for a few days, weeks, or months, then disappear, usually during the middle of the night. I enjoyed their visits, but things seemed to change each time one left and the other…

First-generation college students face more barriers than money

October 16, 2017 Published by

The Washington Post article “First-Generation College Students Are Not Succeeding in College, and Money Isn’t the Problem” highlights some of the reasons first-generation students struggle, in spite of their many strengths and extraordinary determination. One such hurdle is the mismatch between under-resourced college students’ skills and experiences and those required…

Many bridges to cross: Burned butter

October 9, 2017 Published by

Mediation entails explaining to a child not only what to do but also why and how to complete a task. Parents who are overwhelmed with life’s demands sometimes forget or are not aware of the benefits of mediating their children. This episode from my life illustrates what can happen when…

Many bridges to cross: Gone fishing

September 11, 2017 Published by

There are many causes of poverty, one of which is poor mental health. My dad, for example, earned Purple Hearts for injuries he sustained when he participated in the initial wave of the WWII D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach and subsequent battles, but his emotional wounds were more serious than…

Many bridges to cross: Visitors of consequence

August 7, 2017 Published by

Growing up in generational poverty, my family experienced many difficulties. Sometimes those difficulties became sources of shame, especially when they were pointed out and judged by people from middle class. Challenges like getting organized in small, cluttered spaces and supervising children closely were especially difficult and sometimes led to a…

Podcast: Motivation can be enhanced!

July 21, 2017 Published by

I jokingly tell people that I began studying the topic of motivation about eight years ago, and I’m writing a book on the topic, and I will finish it as soon as I’m motivated! Of course the reality is that as I began studying the topic of motivation, I thought…

Many bridges to cross: The legacy of exploitation is a slap in the face

July 3, 2017 Published by

People in poverty are often exploited, and when I was a little girl, my family was no exception. After I received a slap from Momma for asking too many questions, I spent the remainder of the morning sitting in stunned silence. How could I have known that asking Momma what…

Many bridges to cross: One too many questions

June 12, 2017 Published by

People who know my work in Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading may not realize that I also grew up in generational poverty. I want to share an episode from my own life that illustrates how generational poverty and lack of education contribute to the achievement gap and students’ reluctance to…

Bridges to Saipan

March 7, 2017 Published by

The island of Saipan—135 miles north of Guam—is breathtakingly beautiful, with many natural resources. Their greatest resource? The islanders themselves, who want the best for every child. I was honored to visit with Head Start and K–12 support faculty and staff there in February to talk about Framework and Bridges Out…

Tucker Signing Strategies

March 13, 2015 Published by

Are you looking for a developmentally appropriate tool for teaching decoding in Kindergarten that works quickly? Are you looking for a whole class approach?  Are you looking for a way to get special education students to read better – particularly boys? Tucker Signing Strategy is an inexpensive strategy for teaching decoding.…