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{positive commitments} #sol16

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life.  _____________________________________________________


I debated writing today. I debated about what to write about today.

I did my usual pre-procrastination social media scroll.

Twitter. Instagram. Pinterest.

Ahhhh ... I linger as I scroll and smile.

"Yes. Oh, I like that one. Favorite that! Agreed.  I needed to hear that."

And, so, to continue on with my procrastination, I needed to share my love ...


And, thus, a tweet that led to writing this slice.

This last year I needed some positive reinforcements and to re-commitment to staying positive. Thus a Pinterest board full of positivitywas created and I invited my biggest positive reinforcement team to join in the pinning: my Mom, and my friends and colleagues, Karen and Chris.  Together we add quotes, images, and powerful words to lift us when we need it and to stay strong in our roles as mothers, teachers, friends, colleagues, and wri…

{DIY Literacy: Part 3} #cyberPD

This summer a really BIG! group of educatorsare reading and learning together online.  I am participating and  co-hosting this year's sixth annual #cyberPD event with my online colleagues Cathy Mere and Laura Komos


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New this summer!  Weekly Twitter chats about the scheduled reading.  The next chat is 
Thursday, July 21st @ 9 AM CST/10 AM EST using the #cyberPD hashtag.

Our final Twitter Chat is scheduled for
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27th at 8 PM est/7 PM cst
Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts 
will be joining in the #cyberPD chat!
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DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for  Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence 
by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts


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My Thoughts and Reflections
Chapter Five: Just for You: Tailoring Teaching to Meet Students' Needs
"Not only can tools give students something tangible to hold onto as they…

{DIY Literacy: Part 2} #cyberPD

This summer a really BIG! group of educatorsare reading and learning together online.  I am participating and  co-hosting this year's sixth annual #cyberPD event with my online colleagues Cathy Mere and Laura Komos



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New this summer!  Weekly Twitter chats about the reading.  The next chat is 
Thursday, July 21st @ 9 AM CST/10 AM EST using the #cyberPD hashtag.
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DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for  Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence 
by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts


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My Thoughts and Reflections
Chapter Three: Remember This: Helping Students Recall Teaching

"I'm not there yet. I'm having trouble holding on." (Roberts and Roberts, p.51)
Take Away: Maggie and Kate remind me (again) that a student's day is jam packed with information, expectations, celebrations, confrontations, and holding ont…

{anniversary} #sol16

Slice of Life is hosted at the Two Writing Teachers Join in and share a slice of your life.  _____________________________________________________



Today is just another day. A Tuesday.
But it's also a birthday of our wedding day - my best explanation to my girls about our anniversary.
"Well, can we come to your anniversary?"
I started making dinner of chicken kabobs and rice and the girls set the table together as a team.
I continued working in the kitchen.
The girls disappeared into the living room working quietly on a secret project.
"I wish we were having cake."
I overheard their conversation. Perhaps the birthday reference triggered that thought.
And so, lucky year 13, celebrated at home.
We had the best dates ever, our girls and they came with sweet gifts.

{DIY Literacy: Part 1} #cyberPD

This summer a really BIG! group of educatorsare reading and learning together online.  I am participating and co-hosting this year's sixth annual #cyberPD event with my online colleagues Cathy Mere and Laura Komos. This summer we are reading DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts.



New this summer!  Weekly Twitter chats about the reading.  The next chat is Thursday, July 14th  @ 9 AM CST/10 AM EST using the #cyberPD hashtag.
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DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for  Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence 
by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts


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My Thoughts and Reflections
Chapter One: Extending Our Reach
"True learning happens when students get the instruction that fits their needs, have the agency and motivation to work hard, and remember and recycle what they learn." (Roberts and Roberts, p.…