Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


Recently, I read a news story about Lucky the Penguin.  Lucky, a Humbolt penguin at the Santa Barbara Zoo had a problem.  His foot wasn’t developing properly, most likely from being underneath his parents.  The zoo needed to find a solution to help Lucky thrive… enter the nice folks at Teva.  They fashioned a special boot for Lucky’s foot and voila!  The little guy is now happy as a clam….. Read More

Merry Tidings…

Well, after a busy and, at times, stressful few weeks, I’m finally on vacation… I’m going to try and relax and recharge for the new year.  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and gets to spend lots of quality time with family and friends… if you’re able, do me a favor and give your grandmother an extra smooch… trust me, you’ll be glad you did.  


What an awesome day.  Returning after a week away, my sprouts were definitely just as excited to see me as I was them.  In addition to my return, it was our Holiday Party and the enthusiasm was palpable… the fact that Christmas is only a few days away only added to our festiveness.  Donald was first in with his mom carrying treats… he ran, I mean long-lost-dog-running-to-his-owner-he-hasn’t-seen-in-years ran into my.. Read More


I’ve been away from my class for almost an entire week… Spending so much time with my Grandfather, I’ve realized, the comfort I hopefully bring him is the same comfort my sprouts bring me so much of the time.  It’s hard to be sad around smiling kindergartners who hug you more than you ever imagined possible… I’m ready to return. As I head back tomorrow, for our last day before.. Read More

Eye Contact.

It’s a simple thing really… making eye contact with the person you are speaking with is critical to good listening and showing respect, understanding, and interest. Year after year, sprouts funnel into my classroom and have never been taught the importance of eye contact… so I add it to the million other principles I teach. One of the fun ways I’ve found to practice eye contact is for dismissal.  When.. Read More


When I became a teacher, I noticed, kids all call their grandmothers different names… I’ve heard Nana, Meme, Nonni, Granny, Mimi, MeMaw, GiGi, and probably a few others.  At first, I found this strange… I always just called my grandmother – ‘grandma’ – plain and simple. Funny thing was, there was nothing plain or simple about her.  She was a born New Yorker… the museums, plays, all of it – she.. Read More


As the holidays approach, we try to be an equal opportunity celebration zone. We’ve been reading and learning lots about Hanukah and Kwanza along with all our Santa and Christmas books.  Today, we read a favorite – Latkes, Latkes Good to Eat by Naomi Howland.  This story about a young lady named Sadie and her mischievous brothers delights children as a magic frying pan causes havoc on the home and eventually the.. Read More

Christmas Countdown.

Today, during Read to Self, Rebecca raised her hand to call me over.  We’re not supposed to talk during Read to Self, but she looked like it was eager… “Mr. ______, what’s the date today?” She asked. I wasn’t sure.  Being out sick yesterday I hadn’t looked at the calendar yet… “I think it’s December twelfth or thirteenth, but I’m not sure… why?” I whispered back. “No reason,” she replied and.. Read More


Cough season is among us.  We practice good coughing etiquette in our classroom… we cover with our elbows.  For the most part, this really does help (no sickness for me so far!).  Every once in a while a sprout comes in with cough drops.  For safety reasons, we keep them in the nurses office and bring them down if they really start coughing or ask for one. Today, a little guy asked.. Read More


With conferences behind me and time to reflect, I can’t help but think of one resounding common theme across all my conferences… ‘How is my child doing… socially?’ Yes, with all the push on academics, discussions of the national Common Core, and everyone talking about kindergarten being the new first grade, again and again, what parents want to know is – does my child have friends? Does he share?  Does.. Read More