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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Hello!

This morning I received a sweet message from a follower on my Facebook page.  This lovely lady reached out to make sure I was doing ok.  She mentioned how often I used to post and how infrequently I now post, and wanted to make sure all was good.  So, here I am, feeling a tad guilty about my lack of posting and hoping to restart, even if with less frequency… Read More

Poetry Friday!

Today, I finished a seven-day long writing class through The National Writing Project.  It was exhausting, but fruitful.  One of my goals was to work on poetry and I thought I’d share one here: The bucket The hose wraps around the car      like a snake fleeing sounds of summer.   Daddy holds the end of it, filling the bucket, rinsing soap      off every inch of metal… Read More

Author Visit with Mary Atkinson

  A few months ago, I was lucky enough to meet Mary Atkinson at a local conference.  She asked if I’d read her newly published book, Owl Girl and never one to turn down a free book, I accepted.  The book sat on my stack for awhile, but once I started, I finished it in a weekend.  When I finished the book, my first thought was, ‘this would be a.. Read More

Kid.

This week, I had the (ultimate pleasure) of helping out in one of my school’s preschool programs.  Ah, preschool, the one grade that has alluded me – these kids are quite possibly the cutest human beings on the planet.  Besides being super tiny – a few of them sound like they are carrying around a hidden helium balloon, taking secret sucks of the voice altering gas when no one is looking….. Read More

Nest. #sol16

Today, as I was playing fetch with my dog in the yard, I noticed a small nest on the almost green grass.  There are a few large trees with branches that overstretch the yard, almost as if they’re reaching for something, and I have seen the birds year after year, selecting those branches for their homes. The good news is, the nest was empty.  No baby birds, no eggs, clearly.. Read More

Growth. #sol16

  Yesterday, I had the honor of presenting at SDE’s New England Conference for Pre-K-Third Grade conference. I’ve attended in the past and one of SDE’s employees stumbled onto my blog a few years ago and we’ve been trying to make it happen ever since.  Now in my current role as a Literacy Coach, I’m afforded the opportunity to give staff development throughout the year.  The difference is, I usually.. Read More

Grease. #sol16

Is there anything better than when a student stops you in the hallway with a question? “Mr. Halpern, can I ask you a question?” A first-grade boy summoned. “Of course, you can Simon,” I said as I stopped in my tracks. “Do you know the movie Grease?” “Yes, I know the movie.” “I love that movie, do you?” “Yes, it’s a good one.” And then, I kid you not, this.. Read More

{sol16} Finish. #sol16

Thirty-one days of writing.  I’m not sure why it felt so daunting.  I do lots of things every day… brush my teeth, walk my dog, take a shower, eat, sleep, I always read every day, so why not writing?  Thanks to the Slice of Life challenge, I did it, I wrote for thirty-one days.  To be clear, if email, Facebook, and Twitter counted, I already did that, but not the.. Read More