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September 8, 2020

 As we head back to school this fall, so many of us are returning in different ways.  Some teachers will be meeting a new class through a computer screen, some will meet 50% of our students at a time, and some of us will begin with all of our students.  However, you st...

December 30, 2019

I was recently working in a first-grade classroom when I sat down next to Sam, who was reading Amelia Bedelia: On the Move.  I began to ask him questions about the book he was reading. "What's been happening so far?"  "Have you read any Young Amelia Bedelia books...

October 21, 2019

This summer, I read A Fresh Look At Phonics by Wiley Blevins. It made me think deeper about my word study instruction. One of the main ideas in that book is that in most classrooms, word study is only whole-class instruction. We do not differentiate based on what our s...

July 8, 2019

I was recently driving with my seven year old son.  We were talking about his school year, as it was coming to an end, and the conversation turned to books that he liked reading this year.  He told me that he loved Cam Jansen.  He read all of the books from the series...

March 6, 2019

My son, who is in first grade, came home the other day with his Scholastic book order.  He was so excited to show me all of the books he really wanted.  As we went through each page, he asked “Mom, what books do you think look good?” (Obviously he has learned his teach...

November 14, 2018

My younger son, Christopher, is on the verge of turning three.  As his birthday approaches, I find myself reflecting on the past year in his life.  This has been a year filled with many doctor’s appointments and a lot of therapy. It has also been a year of HUGE accompl...

May 21, 2018

I recently enjoyed a solo trip to Barnes & Noble.  This meant I had a solid chunk of time that I could actually spend reading and exploring.  I headed to the children’s section, because isn’t that what every teacher does when they are alone at Barnes & Noble? As I walk...

February 21, 2018

My son has always been what I would describe as a reluctant writer.  He has always loved letters and numbers.  So, when he started Kindergarten this year reading came easily for him, and working with numbers is something he would do anytime or anywhere.  His struggle h...

November 16, 2017

I have always loved running. I was an avid runner for many years. That changed after I had my second son.  I struggled to find time with a 3 year old and a newborn.  That is why this fall I have been trying to find a lasting running routine.  I recently downloaded an a...

May 7, 2017

Over the past couple of months my 4 year old has become increasingly demanding.  Almost daily I've heard, “Do this” or “I need a drink." I have found myself taking a lot of deep breaths, and thinking what happened to all those sweet words like “please” and “thank you”...

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