Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


Lately, during calendar time, Mrs. D. and I have been trying to let the calendar helper do as much of the work independently as they feel comfortable doing. Most kids who have been listening and paying attention know what to do, but it’s a little overwhelming standing in front of the entire group with the proverbial spotlight shining on you, so one of us usually hangs back to assist. Today.. Read More

Monday, Monday.

That picture isn’t for me. It applies to my sprouts. I’m not sure if they were all still sleepy from eating too much turkey or what was going on, but they were, for the most part, exhausted from the moment they arrived. The day seemed to wallop many of them. It made for a really laid back day, something not really expected after a break. When I walked the class.. Read More


As I prepare to go back to school tomorrow after not seeing my sprouts for nine days (we had some teacher only time last week) and quite a few days of resting and relaxation, I can’t help but think, wow, how lucky am I to not hate going back to work. Don’t get me wrong, by the time the last cherub gets on the bus tomorrow afternoon, I will most.. Read More


One of my more colorful sprouts from last year, Sonya, is, luckily, right down the hall from me this year. I see her almost daily… she makes a point of it. A few days ago, on the way to her bus line, as I stood in my classroom door, she held up a book, like a trophy and called out to me, “Mr. A. I’m taking this Biscuit book home….. Read More


Yesterday, during our workshop day (I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I became a teacher to avoid sitting in meetings all day long…), one of my old teammates from second grade was sitting in front of me. Yes, I usually sit towards the back. I find it’s less distracting to the speaker when I begin to ignore them and look around the room in a constant struggle.. Read More

Interview Part Two.

Here’s the second set of questions… these are from a fellow dude. He’s in a teacher preparation program. The questions focus on classroom management and being a male primary school teacher… I’m curious what your feedback might be. Cheers! 7. What type of behavioral management system do you use in your classroom? I use a Responsive Classroom model for management. At the beginning of the year (the first week or.. Read More

Interview Part One.

For some reason, I receive an email, about once a week, from an education student looking to ask me questions for an assignment. Being the sucker I am, I almost always take the bait. Here is the first part of two such ‘interviews’… I liked these questions and though I’d share my answers. 1. Why do people, including you, become teachers? What is probably the best reason for becoming a.. Read More


I have a confession. On Friday, as I sat in the Rest Stop chair waiting for the last bus group to be called, I actually felt a little pang in my heart. A few moments earlier, Mrs. D. had announced, in the guise of a number story, that we wouldn’t be seeing our sprouts for nine days. As if on cue, the hugs began. These weren’t the usual, ‘see you.. Read More