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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist


Well today starts my school break.  I’m going away.  Far away.  There may be WiFi, but I’m not bringing my computer.  As teachers, we put our heart, sweat, and sometimes, yes, even tears into our jobs.  Teaching is the most rewarding job I could ever imagine having… it’s also really hard.  Folks expect the world from us.  Funny thing is, we usually deliver.  We need time to recharge our batteries… Read More

Teasing, Tattling, Defiance, and More: Positive Approaches to 10 Common Classroom Behaviors

As anyone who reads here regularly knows, I’m a big proponent of the Responsive Classroom approach to classroom management.  There is something inherent in it, just the name ‘Responsive’ always guides me back to the children.  What do they need at this particular moment?  Maybe it isn’t in the lesson plan or on our schedule for the day, but my job as a teacher is to ‘be responsive’ to the.. Read More


Today during Sharing, Joey decided to tell the class what he was doing over our Spring Break, which doesn’t happen for another week. “I’m going campin’ on the ‘cation,” he blurted out. Now, during Sharing, it’s common for me to comment or ask clarifying questions. “Joey, where are you going camping?” I wondered.  This wasn’t a place I knew. “The ‘cation, I’m going on the ‘cation!” He exclaimed. Baffled. “You.. Read More

Loved on.

Love really is all you need.  I know, I know, it’s much easier said than done. Trust me, I know.  This year, I have one little guy, William that has really challenged me.  I have tried every trick in the book: preferential seating, behavior charts, positive feedback, and, well, I ‘ve thought about duct tape, but figured I better not. Here’s the thing, while I feel like I’m throwing spaghetti.. Read More

Drum set.

We had an assembly today.  It was a good one, but it was on the loooong side. Like over an hour long.  Which is never good for my sprouts.  Sitting more than fifteen minutes is hard.  Well today, to help out, I ended up with a drum set.  Let me explain. If I notice a kid getting restless (usually a boy), I motion for them to come sit next to.. Read More