Getting ready for a FANTASTIC 2017-2018 school year!

I am beyond excited! This year is going to be fantastic! Last summer I had foot surgery and started the year not being able to walk… then with a larger than ever group of students (almost 90 a day), I found the year to be a busy whirlwind… needless to say, this blog was a bit “neglected”. I am determined to do better!

Let’s start with a “welcome tour” to the classroom! I have made some changes to the layout of the classroom so returning students will note differences. New friends, I hope you enjoy this brief “tour of the room” video:

Now starting a new year would not be complete without a bit of reflection… So here’s “how I spent my summer vacation”:

  • I ran one college course for teachers this year on phonics fundamentals and a summer book study for teachers across the state on Disrupting Thinking. These endeavors kept me busy and growing as a professional.
  • As an ELA leader I worked on designing a phonics scope and sequence for K-4 teachers. It was a HUGE undertaking and I’m proud of the work my “partner” and I have done. I look forward to this helping any child!
  • I was honored to co-present a session with a fellow educator from NY for teachers at the International Literacy Association’s annual convention in Orlando.  I got to meet the authors of Disrupting Thinking and was a “guest sketchnoter” at Tanny McGregor’s ILA session.

    (Sketchnoting is a fantastic way to process and synthesize what we hear and read… I use it as a learner and encourage students to use as well. For more info, here’s an article I wrote on it for the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts)

  • While in Orlando, I enjoyed Universal Studios with teacher friends I met from Illinois and went to Disney for 3 days with my best girlfriend!
  • As my own children are grown (my youngest is turning 23 today!), my husband and I have enjoyed time with each other and friends. I have enjoyed driving around in the sun in my jeep, my patio and small pool, and READING! I have read so many great books this summer…many of which I can recommend to the children!
  • I also tried to keep up with the “summer book club” option I offered 3rd to 4th graders and did some participating in a summer book club of my own.


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