We’re getting there.

We’re getting there.

Aug 15

Well the book is DONE.  It’s been edited, illustrated, and now it’s just getting formatted for both paperback and Kindle.  I hope to have a paperback proof in a couple of weeks and then let everyone know when they can purchase a...

Something’s Coming…

Something’s Coming…

Jun 26

Well I’ve had lots of folks ask me, ‘Why aren’t you writing anymore?’  The short answer is, I am.  The longer answer is, while I may not be blogging, the writing is still happening. Over the last couple of years, I’ve shifted away from the daily blogging over to the Facebook page simple because it’s quicker and there seems to be more of a community feel over...

ESGI Giveaway!

ESGI Giveaway!

Dec 01

The amazing folks over at ESGI have generously offered a giveaway of a one year subscription to their assessment software.  If you’re unfamiliar with ESGI – take a peek at my introductory post.  This software will literally change the way you assess your students, but more importantly (in my book anyway) – it will change the way you USE that data to teach. By far, my favorite...

Grateful.

Grateful.

Nov 26

When I taught second grade, my students made a Grateful Book each year. They were truly amazing.  Now in kindergarten, we make a Grateful Placemat with what we’re most grateful (almost always a family member, occasionally a pet, but never toys or material objects).  This year, as we pause to give thanks, I’d like to put it here, in writing, how grateful I am for the blessings I...

Mr. Holland

Mr. Holland

Nov 19

Well, it’s my first sick day of the school year.  I slept until eight.  Then got up, ate, and when back to sleep until noon.  Clearly I was fighting something and nothing beats germs better than sleep in my book. Once up, I moved myself to the sofa and started looking for a movie and stumbled upon Mr. Holland’s Opus.  I haven’t seen this movie in a very long time, probably...

Lately.

Lately.

Nov 09

I’ve been getting some questions lately about where I am online.  There was a time where my posts where flying almost daily.  I’d run home, eager to share a story or sweet comment made by a sprout and sit at my computer pounding the keys until it seemed just perfect.  Lately, that hasn’t been happening.  My focus has shifted and while I still am writing feverishly, I’m...

Becoming Authors.

Becoming Authors.

Oct 13

Last week, on the twenty-fifth day of school, we began our Writing Workshop. In past years, I’ve started earlier, but this year, with my class rolling along and doing so well, I purposely waited.  While I always preach the importance of The First Six Weeks of School and do my best to reread it each summer before beginning my new journey, as the first two or three weeks scamper by, we...

Rolling along.

Rolling along.

Sep 21

Well, yesterday was day twelve for my new crop of sprouts.  I have to say, without a doubt, this is one of the best classes I have ever had.  Ever.  Now, if you’ve been reading me for a long time, you’d know I don’t proclaim that every year… I don’t know that I’ve ever written that.  After a few days, I got to thinking, what is it about this group that, as...

Phew!

Phew!

Sep 07

Oh, the first day.  I’m not even sure what to say except, oh.  Maybe… Oy! Luckily the second day is always better.  Much better.  For me, my first two days were filled with sweet warm moments, the kind that make you remember, even in the chaos, the reason you do this.  An unexpected smile.  A sweet hug a little tighter than you thought such a small child could provide.  New...

Summer is for… reading too!

Summer is for… reading too!

Aug 26

Dear Parents of Children returning (or starting) school, I realize, maybe more than most, summer is a time for relaxing, recharging, rejuvenating.  For kids, it’s about being a kid. Biking, hiking, playdates, swimming, exploring, catching fireflies, and basically having fun.  As a teacher, I want your child, more than anything, to be a child. As a teacher, I also look forward to summer...

Read-Aloud Handbook – Chapter 10: A Hyper Kid’s Road to Reading

Read-Aloud Handbook – Chapter 10: A Hyper Kid’s Road to Reading

Aug 09

When the blogging group I work with on our Summer Book Study offered up the list of chapters to write up and I saw one titled ‘A Hyper Kid’s Road to Reading’ it was clear – I was meant to author this final chapter synopsis. If you think, much as I did, this chapter would offer generic strategies for helping hyperactive children to read, you’d be wrong… kind...