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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

The Giving Tree.

Well I’m mostly done.  I jetted in this morning for a couple of hours to do some last minute setup tasks and came to the conclusion that I will truly never be ‘done’ so I came home and decided to try and enjoy the long weekend before we hit the ground running next week. One of the last things I put up today was my ‘Giving Tree’.  I’ve always been.. Read More

My favorites.

As I setup my new room, two new items I’ve found on Pinterest have become my favorite new ‘things’ in my room. First, my door.  When I saw this online (you can get the file from Teacher’s Pet – I’m not sure the link is still working) I knew I had to have this for my new door.  Most of my new sprouts won’t be able to read it, but I’m.. Read More

Relationships.

It doesn’t happen often, but every once in awhile I’m inspired to write a post because of something I’ve read on another blog.  After reading this amazing post over a Teacher Tom’s blog, my mind couldn’t stop processing.  His post is wonderful and it really got me thinking… so here we are. The basics of Tom’s post is that by building relationships with students (and children in general – including.. Read More

Questions.

Oh how I love a good email from a reader.  This one really hit home for me as I’m writing and editing the story of my first year in kindergarten and remember these feelings well.  Let me start with the email and then my reply will follow. I’m writing to get your opinion and experience as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd year teacher. What was the start of your teaching.. Read More

Teaching in the Digital Age Blog Party!

This summer (well, starting next week) I’ll be participating in another wonderful book study blog party.  This year’s book looks very interesting and thought provoking.  We’ll be reading and discussing Teaching in the Digital Age by Brian Puerling.  As someone who tries to integrate technology into my classroom whenever possible, my interest is definitely piqued. Here’s the nitty gritty you need to know to participate: Book Title: Teaching in the.. Read More

Disappointed.

One of the things I love about teaching is that anything can be a teachable moment… opportunities arise all the time and sometimes the unplanned ones are the more powerful. Today, after Will read the Morning Message – he asked for a challenge.  This has become a ritual for many kids.  They ask us to challenge them, and we come up with someway to make them work just a little.. Read More

Honesty.

Oh, Henry.  He’s always keeping me on my toes and lately, like just in the last couple of weeks, he’s really starting to mature.  He’s sitting still for stories and not getting into trouble out at recess.  It’s a wonderful transition to witness. This morning, after Henry came back from the cafeteria for breakfast, one of the cafeteria helpers came in to chat with me… about Henry. Apparently he hit.. Read More

Quiet Time.

Another post from my first year.  I still adore Quiet Time.  It has become something a little more organic than all kids just sitting at their seats… shoes are tied, tears are wiped, band-aids applied, and hugs are given… lots of hugs.  All this happens in silence and Yanni still soothes are souls. When I was in kindergarten, I distinctly remember naptime.  The teacher would pull out plastic mats and.. Read More

Awe.

This afternoon, about twenty minutes before my lunch was over, I wandered up to see my third grade Reading Buddies.  I did this for two reasons: first, I wanted candy and I know Mrs. F. and Mrs. G. have the best candy drawer, second I just wanted to say hello and see what they were up to. Luckily, these teachers welcome others in their room, no matter what they’re doing… Read More

Hugs.

Recently, my dear friend Karen, sent me a link to an article in Education Week about… what else, hugs.  As I read the article, all I could do was shrug and nod my head.  I love when science backs up what I already know with research. Basically, the researchers found that animals and children’s brain development was drastically improved by nurturing provided by hugs.  This is nothing new to anyone who works in.. Read More