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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Book Giveaway – Three SIGNED copies!

I’m so excited about the response to my new book, I’m giving away more!  Check out the book’s page on Amazon here too!  This time I’m giving away THREE signed copies!  Woo-hoo! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Giveaway!

Well the physical copy of the book is OUT!  To celebrate, I’m giving away a few copies.  I’m so excited to finally share it with you.  The Kindle version should be available very soon. You can buy the book here. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Teasing, Tattling, Defiance, and More: Positive Approaches to 10 Common Classroom Behaviors

As anyone who reads here regularly knows, I’m a big proponent of the Responsive Classroom approach to classroom management.  There is something inherent in it, just the name ‘Responsive’ always guides me back to the children.  What do they need at this particular moment?  Maybe it isn’t in the lesson plan or on our schedule for the day, but my job as a teacher is to ‘be responsive’ to the.. Read More


One of the unexpected side effects of having four ELL students that speak almost no English is I’m learning more Spanish than my high school Spanish teacher ever taught me.  For every English word I teach them, they teach me a Spanish one.  I guess there really is something to be said for language immersion. Yesterday when we had our Butterfly Celebration and released the butterfly, I heard a chorus of.. Read More

I See I Learn Giveaway… FOUR!

As we get ready to head back to our sprouts, I am happy to announce two new additions in Stuart J. Murphy’s I See I Learn series of books.  These books have become a staple of my ‘Social Skills’ library and these two new stories will only increase the impact of the series. Even better (yes, it gets better), Stuart has some amazing FREE resources on his website you can.. Read More

Be Responsive.

As you may or may not know, I’m a true believer in the Responsive Classroom approach.  Well, as a gift to you – for no other reason than I’m feeling generous, I’m giving away two (newer) books from the Responsive Classroom book collection. Solving Thorny Behavior Problems is a must have for anyone feeling frustrated or at a loss when coming up against a difficult student.  What Every Kindergarten Teacher.. Read More


Last week I received the Luna camera from Learning Resources.  I wasn’t sure to make of this document camera… it is billed as easy enough for anyone to use – even children.  Coming off of Spring Break, I let it sit in the box for most of the week.  Finally on Friday, while the kids were at Library, I broke open the box and decided to set it up. According to the.. Read More


Well the weather isn’t quite as nice today.  I’m out of new posts, but I am going through my writing from my first year and found this little gem.  I smile as I read it… it’s almost like having a conversation with my younger self… which is either very cool or kind of crazy… maybe a little bit of both? Anyway, here’s why I thought teaching kindergarten was the bomb… Read More

Winners… and a story.

Yes, I’m back!  I had an amazing, restful, exciting trip.  One of the most incredible adventures I had was snorkeling in the middle of the ocean on a reef.  I saw some of the most beautiful fish, but the highlight was seeing an elusive sea turtle! I raised my head out of the water to notify some of the other snorkelers of a particularly bright blue fish, stuck my head back in the.. Read More


Wow, when I started this blog a few years ago, I never thought I’d get so much love online.  Wait, that sounds bad… I remember setting up the facebook page for the blog and thinking, ‘Wow, if only one hundred people followed, that would be pretty cool!’ Soon, one hundred became, five hundred, then one thousand, and so on. Well, now, as we surpass three thousand on facebook, I’d like.. Read More