Meghan Markle and ‘that’ kid.

Yesterday, along with three billion people across the globe, I watched American Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry.  There’s something about the Royals that captures folks hearts, and having an American marry into the family was a big deal. Well as I sat watching (because teachers seem to always wake up early, regardless of the day), my eye was caught by one of the page boys who was having a grand old.. Read More

Let them make the charts!

My district uses the Teacher’s College Units of Study for both Reading and Writing.  While I’ve worked as a coach for these units for the past three years, I’ve never actually taught them day to day (I used the old Writing Units in kindergarten, but I digress…).  So teaching first grade and working with the units daily is actually new to me.  Let me get this right out of the.. Read More

Think time.

Today I was working in a second-grade class pulling students and asking them a comprehension question after a read aloud.  The work was to help inform some coaching work with teachers and I was pulling half the class (the teacher was doing the same with the other half). I pulled a little girl who I knew from reading with and assessment scores, was above grade level.  She’s, as we say.. Read More

Patience

Last week I had the privilege to sub in a kindergarten classroom.  I walked into my school, thinking my day was going to go one way and within a minute, the principal asked me, “Wanna sub in kindergarten?” And without missing a beat, I was, once again, teacher to little people. Now there’s something different when it’s not ‘your’ class and the kids don’t know how you do things. I told.. Read More