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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Guess What?

I am pretty sure my school’s cafeteria doesn’t serve coffee… or Red Bull, and I’m pretty sure the ravioli wasn’t spiked, but you’d never know it after hearing Joey talk to me during Center Time. Of course he was interrupting my conversation with another child. Of course he spoke faster than one of those supersonic trains in Japan. Of course he is still learning about personal space and his face.. Read More

4 miles and video games.

Two random items from my day.  I thought about writing two posts, but decided to give you a two-fer. For Christmas, Santa brought me this cool little bracelet called an UP.  You wear it twenty-four hours a day and it tracks how much you move and sleep.  While I do exercise, today wasn’t a day I worked out.  When I got home and synced the UP, I found out I.. Read More


Well, Christmas is over and so the barrage of year end ‘best of’ lists’ has begun.  It would be easy, and maybe even a little fun, for me to reminisce about the last year, after all, I did have some rather major changes, but instead, I’m going to try and look forward. In January, we’ll be starting a new PBL called Peace Week.  Over three weeks we’ll learn about Dr. King and.. Read More

The Season.

I just realized I haven’t made a single post all week.  Surely it isn’t because nothing hilarious, devastating, or poignant happened at school all week.  More likely, it’s just the season.  There seems to be more going on and less time to get things done as the year hurls towards it’s end. Report cards need to be finished.  Gingerbread books need to be read.  Hugs need to be given.  Treats need.. Read More


Let me start by saying, above all else, I am not Pollyanna.  I do try to look at the glass as half full (depending on what’s in my glass) and I do smile… a lot, but I guess generally, I am just a happy guy.  I don’t apologize for that – it’s just who I am. Today was a test for my positive energy.  About two minutes before my class arrived,.. Read More

Ten in the bed.

This week, I was fortunate enough to have a visit from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Coordinator for my district.  She is leading a book group I’m partaking in on the book Number Talks and volunteered to come in and demonstrate with my class. It’s always eye opening for me to sit with my class as opposed to in front of them.  If you can get someone else.. Read More


One of the (many) things I love about my new school is the fact that it goes to fifth grade.  The fifth grade helpers I’ve been getting in my room have just been more helpful than I could have ever imagined.  One of these boys, Tom, has a brother in my class, so he comes down two or three times a week to help and really has become an integral part of.. Read More


As I said ‘Goodbye’ to my sprouts today, I got lots of hugs and one friend even asked his mom to bring him back to the classroom to see me one more time. Sigh. There is so much I am thankful for this year and truly feel as if my cup runneth over. I am thankful my students come in everyday eager and ready to learn and when they’re not,.. Read More


Today I read a new book called Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey.  I selected this book because it mixes Spanish and English to tell the story of a little boy and his pet turkey, Gracias.  The class loved the story and when I finished, I read the Spanish glossary in the back to review all the Spanish words. Maria, who is bilingual helped me with pronunciation and definitions.  I explained to.. Read More


The amount of patience I have never ceases to amaze me.  Really, besides flexibility and compassion, I think it’s one of the most important qualities a truly great teacher must possess.  So often, teachers of higher grades comment, “I could never, ever, teach kindergarten.”  Even though I argue, “Oh sure you could,” really I’m thinking, ‘No, probably you couldn’t.’ Recently, when talking about a ‘difficult’ child, trying to get him some.. Read More