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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Happy New (School) Year!

And just like that, summer is over.  Tomorrow is my first official day of work (I’ve been working for a few weeks now, delivering some PD with my coaching partner, meeting new staff, etc.).  The awesome, New Teacher Induction awaits.  It’s Happy New (School) Year! I will learn about Blood Born Pathogens (trust me, I’ve dealt with many bloody noses, sometimes it gets on you and you just wash it.. Read More

Fans. (Slice of Life 8.18.15)

It has been hot and humid lately.  Really sticky.  Today, most of us have air conditioners to help manage the days when it feels too uncomfortable to move, like walking through pea soup, but I remember, fondly, the days when a good fan was all you had at your disposal. One summer, I was spending time at my aunt’s house and I remember, quite vividly sharing both a sofa and.. Read More

The Unstoppable (Writing) Teacher – Review

Full disclosure, the title of the book is actually The Unstoppable Writing Teacher – no parentheses, but as I read Colleen Cruz’s book, I couldn’t stop thinking, this book isn’t really just about writing, it’s about teaching. I’d argue there are some chapters that have very little to do with writing, but are all about becoming the best, most effective, passionate, yet productive, teacher you can be.  I can’t really.. Read More

Grandma. (Slice of Life 8.11.15)

Over the last few days, I’ve been feeling a little down.  I understand one’s mood can ebb and flow so being a little melancholy isn’t earth shattering for me, but this lasted days, maybe three, and that seemed odd.  Try as I might, I couldn’t quite pull myself out of my funk. Then yesterday, I realized, last Friday would have been my grandmother’s birthday.  She passed away almost three years.. Read More

10 for 10 Picture Book Day (#pb10for10)

10 for 10 Picture Book Day (#pb10for10) is here!  I’m excited to share some of my all time favorites with you!  Compiling a list of ten wasn’t easy, but for the ones I had to leave off (or forgot), there’s always next year.  So, without further ado, in no particular order, here’s my list: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – It was hard for me to pick just one.. Read More

Ralph Tells a Story

Recently, I was introduced to Abby Hanlon‘s sweet early chapter book series, Dory Fantasmagory.  I read the two books in the series and loved the charm and imaginative characters in these early chapter books (perfect for K-1 read aloud too).  I was so delighted by Hanlon (I’m a sucker for classroom teacher author/illustrators) I investigated what else had she written and/or illustrated. When I saw the picture book, Ralph Tells.. Read More