Moment to Moment

If I had to draw my July, it would be a funnel cloud, wide at the top narrowing into a small hole. Next week will be full of orientation meetings and the final push to finish setting up my classroom before we leave for vacation. When we return, preplanning begins.  Thankfully, my room is nearly… More Moment to Moment

The Comfort of Mystery

It all began with the television program Unsolved Mysteries. My mom watched it religiously when I was a child. I didn’t like the show at the time. Truthfully, the scary theme music and Robert Stack’s ominous voice made me cringe. Over the years, I found myself beginning to enjoy these types of “docucrimemystery” shows. Next came City… More The Comfort of Mystery

On Prior Preparation

My first teaching job was a “hit the ground running” experience. It was October, two months after the year had begun. The school had a population boon in 4th grade and needed to add a class. Enter eager beaver me.  I hadn’t been sitting at home twiddling my thumbs. I had just finished a long… More On Prior Preparation

Endings…Beginnings

Five days remain in summer school. I made a point of creating a learning community, complete with class jobs, workshops rotations, projects, and coaching on academic content and social skills that won’t be tested on the end of summer school assessment.  All of my students are below grade level in reading and math. Two of… More Endings…Beginnings