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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Happy New (School) Year!

And just like that, summer is over.  Tomorrow is my first official day of work (I’ve been working for a few weeks now, delivering some PD with my coaching partner, meeting new staff, etc.).  The awesome, New Teacher Induction awaits.  It’s Happy New (School) Year! I will learn about Blood Born Pathogens (trust me, I’ve dealt with many bloody noses, sometimes it gets on you and you just wash it.. Read More

Fans. (Slice of Life 8.18.15)

It has been hot and humid lately.  Really sticky.  Today, most of us have air conditioners to help manage the days when it feels too uncomfortable to move, like walking through pea soup, but I remember, fondly, the days when a good fan was all you had at your disposal. One summer, I was spending time at my aunt’s house and I remember, quite vividly sharing both a sofa and.. Read More

The Unstoppable (Writing) Teacher – Review

Full disclosure, the title of the book is actually The Unstoppable Writing Teacher – no parentheses, but as I read Colleen Cruz’s book, I couldn’t stop thinking, this book isn’t really just about writing, it’s about teaching. I’d argue there are some chapters that have very little to do with writing, but are all about becoming the best, most effective, passionate, yet productive, teacher you can be.  I can’t really.. Read More

Grandma. (Slice of Life 8.11.15)

Over the last few days, I’ve been feeling a little down.  I understand one’s mood can ebb and flow so being a little melancholy isn’t earth shattering for me, but this lasted days, maybe three, and that seemed odd.  Try as I might, I couldn’t quite pull myself out of my funk. Then yesterday, I realized, last Friday would have been my grandmother’s birthday.  She passed away almost three years.. Read More

10 for 10 Picture Book Day (#pb10for10)

10 for 10 Picture Book Day (#pb10for10) is here!  I’m excited to share some of my all time favorites with you!  Compiling a list of ten wasn’t easy, but for the ones I had to leave off (or forgot), there’s always next year.  So, without further ado, in no particular order, here’s my list: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – It was hard for me to pick just one.. Read More

Ralph Tells a Story

Recently, I was introduced to Abby Hanlon‘s sweet early chapter book series, Dory Fantasmagory.  I read the two books in the series and loved the charm and imaginative characters in these early chapter books (perfect for K-1 read aloud too).  I was so delighted by Hanlon (I’m a sucker for classroom teacher author/illustrators) I investigated what else had she written and/or illustrated. When I saw the picture book, Ralph Tells.. Read More

Feathers: Not Just for Flying

As I continue to look for inspiring and unique non-fiction texts to share in classrooms this school year, I came across Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by Sarah Brannen.  This delightful book struck me as a unique teaching tool. The illustrations have a naturalist quality to them, yet readers will recognize they aren’t the photographs usually found in non-fiction.  Brannen also includes the location of.. Read More

Mentors. (Slice of Life 7.28.15)

Yesterday, I had my first real ‘work’ meeting for my new job.  Now it just so happens, my new partner, Susan, is also a friend of mine, so our ‘work meeting’ started off with over an hour of chatting – some work related and some not.  As I started to worry about how productive our planning meeting would be, we naturally started to veer towards the task at hand and.. Read More

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Always looking for engaging non-fiction books, I recently picked up Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker with illustrations by Jonathan D. Voss.  I never knew Winnie-the-Pooh was actually inspired by a real life bear (also named Winnie) and I’m guessing most kids won’t either. The tale explains how a military veterinarian named Harry, enlisted to care for military horses, comes to find a bear.. Read More

Ada and June (Slice of Life 7.21.15)

  Yesterday I finished reading The War That Saved Me by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I’m trying to read some books appropriate for 3rd-5th grade to prepare for my new job this fall and this one came recommended. Wow. The story of a young English girl and her brother during WWII who are forced to leave their mother and home and evacuate to the country was riveting. The ending, which was highly emotional,.. Read More