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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

12.14

Today, I woke up and instantly had a blah feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Not only is it the anniversary of the tragic events that took place in Sandy Hook three years ago, but it also happens to be the date of my grandmother’s passing four years ago.  Needless to say, for lack of a better word, I had an ‘icky’ feeling. I began reading some of the.. Read More

To Tell or Not To Tell (that is the question…)

Recently, a teacher asked me about what to tell students when you have a planned absence.  Do you tell your class you’ll be out or say nothing?  As I thought about my answer, I realized, there are probably different schools of thought and, as with many complex topics, no right or wrong answer.  So, let’s go through some of the pros and cons for telling vs. not telling. Telling Your.. Read More

Rockstars.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about what makes a great teacher. Not good, not adequate, not complacent, but, as I’ve heard many a principal exclaim, “Rockstars!” In my career, I’ve seen many RockStar Teachers. Even when I was in the classroom (really, was it just last June when I said goodbye to being a classroom teacher? But I digress…), I made it a habit of visiting classrooms to engage with kids.. Read More

Woods.

In my new job, I have the pleasure of working at two schools.  Yesterday, I was covering recess for fifth grade and I wandered into the woods.  What?  Yes, at one of my schools, the children are allowed to go into the woods.  To be clear, they are only allowed to go so far, but what I’m beginning to realize is, there’s a lot to be learned in the woods… Read More

4th Grade.

Well this week, I made my way into the one fourth grade classroom I support.  I read them an amazing new picture book, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and then book talked a few chapter books.  They were sweet, receptive, and just like my visit with the fifth graders, I really enjoyed my time with them. The day after my visit, I was walking by and I noticed them working quietly… Read More

5th Grade

Today, I went into the one 5th grade class I support to introduce myself and do some book talks.  To say I was nervous about it would be an understatement.  I come from the kindergarten world (yes, I taught second grade before that, but even that seems like a very long time ago) and fifth graders are just much… bigger. It turns out, they’re so much more than just larger.. Read More

Week 1

Well I finished my first week of my new job… with kids.  I add the ‘with kids’ because I’d been working with teachers for almost two weeks on professional development and various other ‘things’ that go on at schools before the kids arrive.  That being said, the school doesn’t really come alive until the children walk through the front door on that first day of school.  Regardless of your role.. Read More

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