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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

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Free Lunch

Lately, there have been some comments, jokes, and other shenanigans going around about the idea of ‘free lunch’ in schools.  I’m going to refrain from referencing specific political figures, but I am going to write a little about the idea of ‘free lunch’ in schools.  In my experience, hungry children are no laughing matter. As we all know, there are many diverse student populations.  While many of us are lucky enough.. Read More

Hug-ology

I’ve written about hugs many times before.  Too many to count really, but in my new position, working with K-5 teachers, I’ve recently discovered the amazing stuff that is ‘the 4th-grade hug’. After being out for a few weeks for a medical issue and the Thanksgiving holiday, I returned to my K-5 school and many kids were delighted to see me and welcome me back.  As I was chatting with.. Read More

Hello!

This morning I received a sweet message from a follower on my Facebook page.  This lovely lady reached out to make sure I was doing ok.  She mentioned how often I used to post and how infrequently I now post, and wanted to make sure all was good.  So, here I am, feeling a tad guilty about my lack of posting and hoping to restart, even if with less frequency… Read More

Poetry Friday!

Today, I finished a seven-day long writing class through The National Writing Project.  It was exhausting, but fruitful.  One of my goals was to work on poetry and I thought I’d share one here: The bucket The hose wraps around the car      like a snake fleeing sounds of summer.   Daddy holds the end of it, filling the bucket, rinsing soap      off every inch of metal… Read More

Author Visit with Mary Atkinson

  A few months ago, I was lucky enough to meet Mary Atkinson at a local conference.  She asked if I’d read her newly published book, Owl Girl and never one to turn down a free book, I accepted.  The book sat on my stack for awhile, but once I started, I finished it in a weekend.  When I finished the book, my first thought was, ‘this would be a.. Read More

Kid.

This week, I had the (ultimate pleasure) of helping out in one of my school’s preschool programs.  Ah, preschool, the one grade that has alluded me – these kids are quite possibly the cutest human beings on the planet.  Besides being super tiny – a few of them sound like they are carrying around a hidden helium balloon, taking secret sucks of the voice altering gas when no one is looking….. Read More

Nest. #sol16

Today, as I was playing fetch with my dog in the yard, I noticed a small nest on the almost green grass.  There are a few large trees with branches that overstretch the yard, almost as if they’re reaching for something, and I have seen the birds year after year, selecting those branches for their homes. The good news is, the nest was empty.  No baby birds, no eggs, clearly.. Read More

Growth. #sol16

  Yesterday, I had the honor of presenting at SDE’s New England Conference for Pre-K-Third Grade conference. I’ve attended in the past and one of SDE’s employees stumbled onto my blog a few years ago and we’ve been trying to make it happen ever since.  Now in my current role as a Literacy Coach, I’m afforded the opportunity to give staff development throughout the year.  The difference is, I usually.. Read More