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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

{solsc} Gifts. #sol16

Teachers of small children receive some of the most unique gifts during the holidays. Now let me be clear, I do not expect anything from anyone, and I am certainly not complaining about any gifts! I’m grateful just to be thought of and when I tell my students, my favorite gifts are usually pictures and notes from them, it’s actually the truth (there was that one time a mom smuggled.. 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


Oh my students never cease to amaze me.  Calvin did something today that has to rank as one of the sweetest gestures I’ve ever seen. Well today, Calvin hadn’t even walked into the classroom, and he handed me a book.  It was Whistle for Willie. Now we’ve read many Ezra Jack Keats books and I’ve talked about how he’s one of my favorite authors.  I wasn’t sure why Calvin was.. Read More

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I know, I know, some folks don’t love Valentine’s Day.  For me, in kindergarten anyway, Valentine’s isn’t about romantic love, but all about being a kind and caring friend.  That’s how I present it and they really do love each other and want to show it. We had a hectic, but fun filled day.  I made heart shaped waffles, we sang our Valentine’s Day song a few times and then.. Read More

Holiday Gifts.

This holiday season, as I often do, I received many gifts from my sprouts. Apparently, in their little eyes, I love nothing more than Dunkin’ Donuts and scented candles.  Lucky for me, the real gifts are priceless. The gift of children who come in each day with a smile, offer a hug, and are genuinely ready to learn. The gift of a small school where meaningful relationships are built and maintained pre-K through fifth.. Read More

The glowing bear.

Last night I attended a farewell get together with a slew of friends from my old school.  There was lots of laughter and a few tears, but mostly my cheeks just hurt from all the smiling.  One of the highlights was a gift from my dear friend, Emily.  The glowing bear. Emily’s first year at my school was my second year teaching.  She was coming from another district and while.. Read More


Here’s the thing… no matter how old I get, I’m still a kid at heart. Yesterday, my co-workers and sprouts made my birthday at school brilliant.  Here’s why: When I arrived, both Mrs. D. and Ms. R. had bags of gifts for me. Seriously, bags full.  I don’t need gifts on my birthday, but who doesn’t love them? With my back turned to the class (I was at my computer.. Read More


Today when I got home from school, I found this in my pocket: Now I have no clue how this got into my pocket.  I’m quite sure I didn’t put it in there.  I didn’t feel anyone fishing around my pockets.  My keys and Chapstick were intact.  I can only guess at who may have put it there… or why. Perhaps it was a particularly fetching Lego creation they wanted me to see. Thing.. Read More


No, not the kind you smoked in college (unless like a certain president, you didn’t inhale), I’m talking about Dandelions.  Ask anyone with a lawn and they’ll tell you, these weeks keep us on our toes.  With various chemicals and treatments, or for the green among us, just yanking them out feverishly, we try and try, often in vain, to rid our green lawns of these pests. I’ve mentioned this.. Read More


This morning I was out for a meeting.  Yawn.  After lunch, I came back to hugs, hugs, and Billy telling me, “Gosh, you’re handsome. Then I was showered with kindergarten gifts.  I received three stickers and a bracelet. The stickers were given to me by two girls and a boy.  They were place right on the pocket of my shirt in this order: Now, I’m pretty sure I did a ‘Good Job!’.. Read More