Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Milo.

Yesterday I read the amazing Milo Armadillo to my class and something wonderful happened.  When the story ended, and I closed the book, the class erupted into applause.  Usually one or two clap at the end of books and sometimes it spreads, but this was different.  Clearly it had moved them all. Something about the story of Talulah, a little girl who desperately wanted a pink, fluffy, bunny rabbit and didn’t.. Read More

Mariposa!

One of the unexpected side effects of having four ELL students that speak almost no English is I’m learning more Spanish than my high school Spanish teacher ever taught me.  For every English word I teach them, they teach me a Spanish one.  I guess there really is something to be said for language immersion. Yesterday when we had our Butterfly Celebration and released the butterfly, I heard a chorus of.. Read More

Better.

Wow – what a day.  Today was our Butterfly Celebration and it went off without a hitch.  The icing on the cake was our first butterfly came out of it’s chrysalis a couple of hours before and we were able to release it as part of the celebration.  Amazing… but that wasn’t the most special part of my day. As part of our conferences next week, I’m working with each.. Read More

Clarification.

Mostly my days are full of laughter, smiles, and hugs, but every so often something happens that just breaks my heart. Today I had a substitute for the afternoon to do some (pretty amazing) professional work with my K-2 colleagues.  It was my first time out of the classroom and I tried not to make a big deal about it.  After I dropped the kids off for lunch, I nonchalantly told them.. Read More