Monday, June 27, 2016

Monitoring Your Reading = Passing Level 1 of a Video Game

So I've put in a few years of trial and error into creating this resource, Re-telling and Summarizing Fiction Texts:  Interventions and Strategies.  I can tell you how I've put in my heart and soul into creating these graphic organizers and anchor charts to help my students, and I really think they will help your learners, too.  And eventually, I will get into the details of each strategy and how they address specific student needs and text structures.  But instead, I'm going to begin with the ending because it's my favorite part of this story, really the best part of the story:  winning level one of the video game.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

It's never too start your resolution...

Even though it's April, I'm still going to wish everybody a healthy and joyous, {rest of the} New Year, filled with creativity.  I think it's the spirit of creativity, this drive to create and mold and refine, that keeps us going as educators, especially to fight through the many obstacles and challenges in the world of teaching.

I have so many resolutions, so many facets of life that I want to grow and change and of which includes blogging.  It's such a wonderful privilege to be able to be part of a community of educators who shares its experiences, commiserates through the challenges, and congratulates each other's successes through blogging.  This year, I really want to re-join that community, in my own small way, because I know it will make me a better educator.  Here goes...

Oh, and of course, happy spring, the season of the renewal...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale!

I'm sure you're pumped for Cyber Monday; I know I am.  Teachers Pay Teachers is graciously offering 10% off on top of our individual sales.  I'm putting all the products in my li'l old shop on sale, 20% off.  Let's all purchase the items on our wish lists!

Clip art courtesy of Krista Wallden

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Teaching about character traits

As we have entered the month of August, every teacher, whether she likes it or not, starts thinking about school.  Some of us have dreams (or nightmares).  Some of us go on a Pinterest spree.  We walk through Target and ask ourselves "What do I 'need' from the dollar section?"

You don't do this?  Okay, maybe it's just me.  Anyway, we are also thinking about what were some of our students' challenges last year, and how we will address them this year.  My third and fourth graders had difficulty with vocabulary and making inferences, which was evident in how they would describe their characters:




Oh my.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

More teacher appreciating!

So, today I read my e-newsletter from, and it had this lovely, lovely quote.  I just had to make it pretty and share it with all of you:

Hope you are much appreciated today!!

(border by Ginger Snaps Clip Art, font by Jen Jones).

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation 2013

Thank you.

Thank you for choosing to be a teacher.  It takes a really strong love of learners, a sense of sacrifice and commitment to enter this challenging profession.

Thank you for those long hours, for your incredible patience, your humor, your kindness,  your determination, your academic excellence, your perseverance. 

Thank you for inspiring me to be a better teacher.

Jen Jones at Hello Literacy has a lovely blog post about Teacher Appreciation Week.  Check it out!!

I hope your week started out well with lots of love and adoration from your students and PTO.  I am joining all the wonderful sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers and throwing a sale to honor all of the hard-working educators!  All my products will be 20% off with the additional 10% off coupon code at checkout (TAD13). 

More importantly, I wanted to point out that I've updated my Writing Workshop K-2 Resource with some additional writing pages.  Please make sure to let your friends and colleagues know about it...pricing will go up after this sale!!

Moreover, check out my new Teaching Setting product.  It's a small resource, but really handy for small group instruction.

I hope your week is filled with much gratitude and admiration for all the wonderful things you do!  Thank you again!!