This week was an exciting week for our fourth graders and preschoolers. After a few scheduling conflicts, we were finally able to connect and meet for our first reading buddy experience of the school year. If you have ever wondered if implementing reading buddies is a wise use of instructional time and something you should work into your already overloaded schedule, the answer is
There is something about fall that adds additional spirit to the classroom. The crisp air at recess, the buzz of Halloween costumes, and the excitement of all the activities and events that fill up family calendars makes fall an exciting and festive time of year. My three favorite things about fall on the home front are: Getting to watch my kiddos participate in the activities
My 4th year of teaching I read a book that changed my reading teacher life. At year 15, I still break it and reference it…If you haven’t read Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis, head to Amazon (after you finish this post, of course) and grab it. I realized that I was struggling to reach, teach, and engage my struggling middle school
As a teacher-mom, one of the ways I LOVE to unwind from a non-stop, whirlwind of a day, is with a book. The process of reading helps me to forget postpone any frustrations or stresses that may be lingering from the day and allows for me to relax and find sleep. I am certain that many of my teacher friends can relate. However, I have
Every year the return to school in January is C-R-A-Z-Y! Despite state testing not taking place until May, it seems like it is a time where we go into uber TEST PREP mode. In addition to lots of test prep work, I begin a writing piece, start a novel unit, administer DRAs, students are DIBELed, and the list of goes on and on. One thing
Those first days back from winter break can be tricky ones…students have been out of the school routine for two weeks, teachers have been out of the teaching routine for two weeks, and it is essential to get everyone back on track ASAP. While still in the second quarter, I love that the return from winter break gives us a bit of a new beginning.