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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

10th Grade.

Today, as the whistle blew to end recess on an amazingly warm day, Penny came up running behind me and grabbed my hand.  She looked up at me with adoration only a six-year-old can have for her teacher. “Oh Penny, do you think you’ll come visit me when you’re in first grade?” I asked her smiling face. “Yes!  I’ll come see you in first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth.. Read More


Yesterday I read the lovely St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting. After hearing it for the first time a few years ago, it became a favorite of mine. The story is about Jamie, the youngest in a family of boys, who wants to prove to his brothers he’s not too small to march in the yearly St. Patrick’s Day parade. Bunting’s descriptive language is ripe for discussion.. Read More

Soap Box.

The Golden Rule… Treat others as you would like to be treated, or something close is pretty basic. I don’t appreciate tattling just to get another child in trouble.  If someone is in danger, that’s a different cup of tea, but telling on someone just to get them in trouble, or worse, to get attention for yourself isn’t tolerated. If you have a problem with someone, tell them.  Use your.. Read More


Today, my sprouts learned an invaluable lesson and it was all thanks to Penny. Mrs. D. was just about to read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover (to be clear, while I appreciate the creativity that goes into these books, this one was really stretching it…).  After a little banter between Mrs. D. and I to try and sell the book (we really should take the act.. Read More


Today was another (oddly) warm and beautiful day.  With a meeting all morning, I was fighting a headache and just happy to be with my sprouts. As I stood on the playground, looking over the kids playing, suddenly a pile of leaves came over my head. “Surprise!” Brian, my little charmer, had taken a handful of dead leaves (from last fall no less) and threw them on me from behind. Now you.. Read More


Every Monday I have bus duty. Bus duty is not my favorite thing to do at school… let’s just leave it at that.  My duty is in one of the music rooms. I’m lucky because there is a television and I can play a video to keep the cherubs calm why we wait for our bus to be called. Today, as I sat on the piano bench, a little girl.. Read More


Thursdays are always difficult.  We have no special and for some reason the full moon always seems to arrive on Thursday to boot!  By lunchtime, I’m ready for a few quiet minutes eating in the teacher’s room. Well last Thursday, as I’m sitting eating my peanut butter and jelly sandwich (yes, it doesn’t get much better than PB&J for me), Mrs. R., a second grade teacher, walked a few steps.. Read More


As we head into the Spring, our assessments are showing a few sprouts really struggling with number identification (especially teen numbers) and certain sight words.  After vacation, Mrs. D. came in with a new game – one I’d never seen used in kindergarten, cup stacking. Now I’ve seen cups stacked as a game, but this was a little different.  Each cup has a number or sight word written on it.. Read More


Spring has sprung.  Well at least for the day… exactly one week ago we had a snow day and over a foot of snow.  Today it was sixty-two degrees! Naturally, with such amazing weather, one of our playgrounds was closed and the other was really too muddy for kindergartners to navigate.  Mrs. D. decided we should go for a walk instead, which was simply lovely. Sometimes an organized walk instead.. Read More


This afternoon, about twenty minutes before my lunch was over, I wandered up to see my third grade Reading Buddies.  I did this for two reasons: first, I wanted candy and I know Mrs. F. and Mrs. G. have the best candy drawer, second I just wanted to say hello and see what they were up to. Luckily, these teachers welcome others in their room, no matter what they’re doing… Read More