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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Be Responsive.

As you may or may not know, I’m a true believer in the Responsive Classroom approach.  Well, as a gift to you – for no other reason than I’m feeling generous, I’m giving away two (newer) books from the Responsive Classroom book collection. Solving Thorny Behavior Problems is a must have for anyone feeling frustrated or at a loss when coming up against a difficult student.  What Every Kindergarten Teacher.. Read More

Questions.

Oh how I love a good email from a reader.  This one really hit home for me as I’m writing and editing the story of my first year in kindergarten and remember these feelings well.  Let me start with the email and then my reply will follow. I’m writing to get your opinion and experience as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd year teacher. What was the start of your teaching.. Read More

Teaching in the Digital Age: Chapter 3 Rethinking Projectors

Welcome to Week Three of our Summer Book Blog Study.  First let me say, I’m loving this book.  Brian Puerling’s writing style is easy, quick, and it feels very conversational – something I always appreciate.  When I first posted about the study a few weeks ago, I received a comment on my Facebook page from a friend of mine that made me giggle. “Am I the only one that finds it odd that a.. Read More

Goodbyes.

Well goodbyes are never easy.  The last day with sprouts is always emotional – for them and me.  They come in bouncing with hugs and gifts and then, at some point during the morning, they realize, it’s almost over. I got many sweet presents.  Lots of pictures, cards, and even some tasty treats.  A set of twins whose sister I had last year gave me some homemade whoopie pies.  I.. Read More

Babies.

Well there isn’t much you can say about the energy babies bring to a classroom.  Today we were lucky enough to have not one, but two babies visit.  Both of our Reading Buddies’ teachers came in to visit with their new deliveries. First, the baby boy.  I spotted him and his mother in the hallway chatting with staff and slyly stole him away from his mother and carried him back to.. Read More

Engineers.

This post is for anyone who thinks kindergartners (or any children for that matter) don’t need to play. Yesterday, curing Centers, I saw three boys working together at wooden blocks.  Now, in addition to negotiating and sharing, they were tackling an architectural challenge. Their structure was coming into view, but they had a problem.  They were using cylinder shaped blocks to make two sets of tall columns on either side.. Read More

Bubbles!

Today was our Kindergarten Field Day.  Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than field day… and my station?  Bubbles!  All morning long I got to play with kids and bubbles.  The only drawback?  I was ridiculously far away from the Face Painting table and I wasn’t happy about it.  Every year I get my face painted and I wanted a big fat smiley face or an Angry Bird on my.. Read More

Justin.

This is the most ridiculous story I’ve ever written.  I’m almost embarrassed at how silly it is… almost.  Lucky for you, it takes an awful lot to ridicule me into sumbission. This week we learned all about beavers.  They really are fascinating animals. I found an IMAX documentary on Netflix about Beavers that was short (just under thirty minutes) and so amazing, we actually watched it twice.  The kids wanted to see.. Read More

Good.

It happens every year.  As the year draws to a close, not only do I begin to get a little emotional about leaving my sprouts, but they do as well.  Yesterday, as I walked my class to Library, Billy took my hand.  This was nothing new, he does it all the time, but yesterday, he also offered commentary. “It’s so good to hold your hand,” he said quietly. “It is,.. Read More

Addicted.

I know teachers usually have negative feelings about video games.  Kids need to go outside and play and when they’re inside, they need to read and do learning activities… I get it.  Thing is, I love video games myself and I can’t argue with the draw. This morning, David came up to me with a question. “Mr. _______, do you know that game, Mario Brothers for Wii?” He posed. “Oh.. Read More