Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SOLS: Happy 100!

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After starting this blog one cold and dreary day in February while my girls were napping, I have made it to 100 posts!  Yes, this right here, that you are now reading, that is freshly written, is absolutely, positively post number one hundred!  So, I thought I'd share some of my reflections about writing and blogging:

  • I'm a writer!  I'm not trying for book deals here . . . yet. I'm just trying to share my thinking and grow as a reader, writer, and teacher of both.
  • I enjoy writing poetry.  Not form or structured poems, just free verse.  I've written more poetry over the last couple months than I have ever written in my entire life.  I've fallen in love with poetry.
  • I loved participating in the March challenge.  Ruth challenged me to start a blog and to just start writing.  I was motivated.  I was actively searching for ideas to capture.  Currently, my writer's notebook is whispering to me, baring its' blank pages that are waiting to be scribbled upon again as frequently as I did last March.
  • I cannot even believe how much I've written.  I know my writing has slowed from week to week and I'm lucky enough to write my 'Slice of Life' for Tuesday. Hey, no excuses, but I am a mom of twin 17 month old girls and a full time teacher!  But what an accomplishment!  I just started browsing through previous posts and I'm quite amazed!  It feels pretty good.  No, it feels awesome!
  • There are so many awesome authors, writers, and teachers out there in the TWT community.  I throughly enjoy learning from you each week.  I love reading your new stories and your sagas that continue.  It's amazing the "friends" that I've never met, yet I know so much about through their writing each week.  Thank you for always being open and honest.

Thank you for sharing in this happy "100" day!

Happy 100th Birthday Cake


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

SOLS: It Takes Just One Book

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As a resource teacher, my schedule doesn't quite get up and running with the start of the school year.  There's testing and more testing.  Proctoring and covering classes.  There's analyzing and more analyzing.  Discussing and grouping.  I am busy, just not yet busy with kids every day.

I've been visiting classrooms.  The students already understand that 
I LOVE books 
I LOVE reading
so they know why I'm there . . . to read a book!

It's been a joy to see their smiling faces.  It's been wonderful to hear their thinking.  It's been amazing to hear, "Are you coming back tomorrow to read another book?"

Now, that made my day.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

SOLS: Living Beside Them

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  Thank you for this reminder, Cathy Mere, a PLN colleague.  

We've only been in school for two weeks.  

Two glorious weeks of getting-to-know-you activities.  Two busy weeks of building a community of learners and readers and writers.  Two rapid weeks of reading and reading and reading even more.  Two momentous weeks to meet, talk, and confer with each student.  Two reflective weeks of writing what's in our hearts and minds.  

We've only been in school for two weeks.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

SOLS: Where Does the Time Go?

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SOLS:  Where does the time go?

Almost a year and a half

Looking back
at photos and videos
that captured those 
small moments in time.
The moments of
unbelievable firsts
of wonder
of amazement
that are
just adorable and funny.
How can it all be
such a distant memory in

Almost a year and a half?