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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

To Tell or Not To Tell (that is the question…)

Recently, a teacher asked me about what to tell students when you have a planned absence.  Do you tell your class you’ll be out or say nothing?  As I thought about my answer, I realized, there are probably different schools of thought and, as with many complex topics, no right or wrong answer.  So, let’s go through some of the pros and cons for telling vs. not telling. Telling Your.. Read More

Woods.

In my new job, I have the pleasure of working at two schools.  Yesterday, I was covering recess for fifth grade and I wandered into the woods.  What?  Yes, at one of my schools, the children are allowed to go into the woods.  To be clear, they are only allowed to go so far, but what I’m beginning to realize is, there’s a lot to be learned in the woods… Read More

More pie.

Recently, I was reading a post about what a teacher wished she had more of (I can’t find the post or else I’d link to it) – things like more time, more resources, more to help with student achievement.  As I was reading, of course, I was nodding my head in agreement, but I also kept thinking, what I really wish I had more of, was simply, me. I am.. Read More

Tree Models

This week my class began our Tree PBL.  PBL (Project Based Learning) is all about voice and choice and giving kids a chance to express what they’d like to do with their learning.  We have finished our Butterfly project (we still are waiting for a few to emerge from their chrysalises, and patience doesn’t come in spades in kindergarten, but I digress…) and I went ahead and took down the.. Read More

Rolling along.

Well, yesterday was day twelve for my new crop of sprouts.  I have to say, without a doubt, this is one of the best classes I have ever had.  Ever.  Now, if you’ve been reading me for a long time, you’d know I don’t proclaim that every year… I don’t know that I’ve ever written that.  After a few days, I got to thinking, what is it about this group.. 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

Deep in the Forest.

The creative juices are flowing in my classroom.  Turbo charged.  It’s something to behold. This morning, we started by working in three small groups.  With an adult to guide each group (and my wonderful Ed Tech Ms. C. to guide me), each group worked to make physical body sculptures of things from the Goldilocks and the Three Bears (a forest, a table, a bowl, a chair, a bed, and the.. Read More

Learn the song, learn the skill.

Every once in awhile, I find something smart coming out of my mouth. Never sure if I’ve heard it somewhere before or if it’s truly original, I am often hesitant to share for fear of stealing someone else’s great idea.  Well, I am pretty sure I did coin this one – ‘Learn the song, learn the skill.’ It’s rather simple and that’s why I say it to my class all.. Read More

Artists.

Yesterday, in the dewy haze of late morning, I took my sprouts outside to do some illustrating.  We’re studying trees and have been talking a lot about roots, trunks, branches, and leaves.  With a few days of study under our belts, I thought it would be a good time to do some sketching of real trees. Before heading out, sitting on the carpet, I modeled how an artist would sit,.. Read More

Refuge.

As I settle into the third week at my new school (Monday will be day 13 to be exact), I’m just overwhelmed at the level of affection and closeness my new sprouts are showering on me.  I’m just amazed at how quickly my new friends are acclimating and viewing school, our classroom, and even perhaps me, as a refuge. Hugs always come in kindergarten, usually one or two kids the.. Read More