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soLs: to be healthy

Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers life takes a turn and slows when one little-one is sick. the whole month one and then the other had an ear infection. just not feeling right. just needing to be held. one needed me. one wanted me. i'll be so glad when summer arrives to recapture my healthy happy girls even though i know i'll be working harder at home. i just want everyone healthy again. Summer is coming and I'm hoping everyone remains healthy!  Please share your ideas to help me fill my summer calendar with my 2 year old twin girls!

soLs: bittersweet

Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers What does one need to know in order to throw a great celebratory party? Delicious food.   Check. Fine wine.   Check. Great people. Check, check, check. A standing ovation.   Check. A little rockin' music.   Check! Last Friday night, three teachers from my school celebrated their journey of teaching.  Planning such a night can be bittersweet.  It's a celebration of their dedication, hard work, blood, sweat and tears for a combined total of 102 years!  Yet, uncertainty as this BIG chapter concludes . . . all the while knowing many new chapters are waiting to begin. It was such a special evening to honor these three women through words and songs.  Story after story after story that was shared, confirmed their dedication to teaching and compassion for kids.  As Auggie (the

Do You Have Any "Pinterest"?

A little peek at the blog post I wrote that was published today on the  IRA Engage Teacher To Teacher website : *   *   *   *   *  Teacher Tips: Do You Have Any "Pinterest" in Learning More?  Teaching is hard.  Really hard.  There is not one teacher that will deny it.  Of course, I love it – most days.  I love the kids.  I love the daily challenges.  And I’m constantly learning to be the best me in the classroom to push through those challenges and meet the needs of my students.  But why try to do it alone?  There are a number of engaging social networking sites that can connect us with educators and literacy experts.  I’ve learned that there are MANY smart teachers across the world that I can connect with and learn from daily.  Building my personal learning network (PLN) has been a goal of mine this year and I have found a fun way to do it!   *   *   *   *   *  I hope you check it out in its entirety, especially if you have any interest

soLs: a (proud) little secret

Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers Come here.   Come closer.   I have a secret to share with you.   I'm really excited about it and I haven't told anyone except my mom , my hubby, and my friend, colleague, and writing buddy . I receive notifications of comments on my blog on my email at school.  I think all of you will agree, it's always exciting to see that a new comment was left behind.  It never gets old.  Everyone loves a visitor, a voice that let's you know that you've been heard, and a comment that keeps you writing. I know I don't say it enough, but I really appreciate when YOU stop by and YOU leave a little note because YOU matter to me.   Most comments pour in on Tuesday as slicers are doing their very best to read and leave a supportive note that day.  A few comments trickle in the rest of

slow it down

Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers Rarely do I ever just slow it down to celebrate.  I'm a quick celebrator:  "Yeah--but, what about . . .???"   I'm always thinking ahead:   How can I improve?  What can I do differently?  How am I going to reach this student?  How am I going to push that student?  And because we are in crunch time now (a month of school left!), it was refreshing to hear these bits of conversations happening in my classroom: I started the day asking a group of first graders: Why are WE here?  Everyone replied, "To learn."  Then K. added, "And to fill our brains with words."  This led us to an awesome discussion about how smart this idea was because filling our brains with words helps us when we are talking, reading and writing! Two second grade boys were having a c

A Reading Convention Pondering

The International Reading Association Convention is in Chicago this week.  I felt the sense of urgency to attend, to learn more, to meet with colleagues from across the world with the same passion for teaching literacy that I possess.  Oh, and I should also note . . . the convention is being held less than an hour from my house.  I need to go. I have much to process and share about the two days that I attended.  However, on the first day this is what I found myself pondering on the train ride back home. a conference Ready to learn to hear from some of the great ones in the field of literacy. Excited to be re-energized with a sense of validation and conviction. Digging deeper into my own learning and understanding -- pushing my thinking to application. And then I arrived to a buzzing frenzy of a 'marketplace' with every vendor known to teachers. Each company trying to outdo their neighbor. Who can create the biggest - tallest - techy-est - comfiest


Slice of Life Stories hosted by the  Two Writing Teachers two  2 years 731 days 17,544 hours 1,052,640 minutes 63,158,400  seconds an unbelievable amount of joy  love  laughter  hugs  pride  all times two for we were blessed with two happy birthday to our beautiful, precious girls  who have connected us to what life is all about -- I'll make a wish--but wait! My wish has already come true. I love you baby girls!! Happy, happy, happy birthday to you two!!