Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Dynamite.

This afternoon, during centers, I was sitting at an empty table stuffing folders for the weekend.  The room was rather quiet, when all of the sudden, out of nowhere, I heard: I throw my hands up in the air sometimes Saying AYO! Gotta let go! I wanna celebrate and live my life Saying AYO! Baby, let’s go! ‘Cause we gon’ rock this club We gon’ go all night We gon’.. Read More

Stairs.

I work at a large school.  It’s two floors.  The first floor houses all of the kindergarten and first grades and the second floor is home to all second and third graders.  For the kindergartners, the upstairs is like the forbidden wing of the castle in Beauty in the Beast… do NOT enter! Well as luck would have it, our third grade reading buddies are indeed on the second floor… Read More

Restaurant.

Today, as I led the line down to the cafeteria, Will, the line leader, took my hand.  He was having a really good day, which was making me quite happy. Him taking my hand was the icing on the cake.  As we walked past the teacher’s room, he looked up at me, and whispered, “Is that a restaurant?” I wasn’t sure I’d heard him correctly. “Excuse me, what did you.. Read More

Box.

Today during center time, I wandered over to the play dough center.  We just introduced and opened this yesterday, so it’s still pretty new.  One quiet little girl, Gilly, was making letters with her dough.  Naturally, I took this as an opportunity to see if she was picking up any sounds. I placed an F, O, and X next to each other and asked her if she knew any of.. Read More

No matter what.

As I reflect on this last challenging week, I can’t help but feel hesitantly triumphant.  Life is about overcoming challenges and this year, my class is, well, difficult to say the least.  As teachers, we are constantly reassessing our craft, changing and molding to meet the needs of our sprouts, but sometimes, you feel like the toolbox is running out of tricks. I wrote about this earlier, but the thing is, I’m.. Read More

Squeeze.

What a week. Things went from horrible, to bad, to better. By Friday, I was feeling more in control and like the sun would eventually shine again… perhaps even with an accompanying rainbow. We’ve got a long way to go, but baby steps are better than no steps.  The hugs are increasing by the minute and really, hugs do make everything better. As I walked my last friends to their.. Read More

Better.

Well today was better.  Little by little, we are getting some of these boys under control. Yesterday, my friend Bobby had such a hard time he spent his play time in the Rest Stop.  He was NOT happy about it and cried.  This morning, I reminded him about missing his play time and we went over each rule he needed to work on.  I told him how smart he was and.. Read More

Real.

Time to get real people. Kindergarten is hard.  If I didn’t think I would get laughed off the island, I would like propose that kindergarten teachers should get an extra stipend for hazard pay.  I know, I know, we choose to teach kindergarten.  And while I do love it more than anything (really, I do, I do, I do!), seriously, it is the hardest job in the world.  Hard.  Difficult… Read More

Puppets.

I love me some puppets.  For whatever reason, they transfix the kids and I just love making them come to life.  With the rowdy group of boys this year, puppets are helping tame the wild beasts during important listening times. My first friend, Eddie the Eagle (yes, I named him) has a critical role.  When we do our letter sound chanting each day (part of The Three Habits of Highly.. Read More

Doctor.

Oh the randomness.  I’m not sure if it’s that they’re not paying attention or just, well, random, but some of the random comments that come out of the mouths of babes leave me perplexed… and laughing. I am lucky enough to have a bathroom in the classroom.  The only problem is, we’ve got friends who are going eight and nine times a day.  The kindergarten teacher walks a fine line.. Read More