I can’t handle it

I don’t really know what to do with my heart and brain. My jaw dropped yesterday when I saw the Eric Garner news. In retrospect I guess I should be shocked, but I was beyond shocked ....more

Every Child, Every Day

I spend a lot of time worrying about other people’s kids and whether or not they are reading, what they are reading, and if they are choosing things that are right for them. In the first 10 minutes of class, my students are busy writing in their journals and getting their independent reading books out. Every day ....more

30 Blog Posts

I did it. I posted all 30 days of November, and I learned a few things along the way. 1. I don’t really enjoy posting every single day. 2 ....more

Confession: I’m Not Convinced

Yesterday my mom and I went shopping for Black Friday. We don’t get up super early or go on Thanksgiving or anything. No, we get up when we feel like it and are usually at the mall around 10am, give or take a few minutes depending on how slowly I am moving ....more

lost for words

I don’t want to be another silent, white voice. But I don’t know what to say. My heart aches ....more

Thanksgiving

It is almost 11pm on Thanksgiving and I just remembered that to “win” NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month–posting every day in November), I have to post today. I’ve been off line almost all day. Yes, I flipped through instagram a few times to see all the Thanksgiving lovely so many of you were having, but for the most part, I just stayed away ....more

Close and Critical Reading

Because one of my district’s School Improvement Goals is literacy-based, we developed an assessment called Close and Critical Reading (CCR). I know what you’re thinking…aw jeez, another assessment. Hear me out ....more

Five Things

I was in band/colorguard in high school. I didn’t play any sports. None ....more

Challenge Completed

I think every year for the past five or so years, I have done the GoodReads book challenge. You are supposed to set a goal for how many books you want to read in that year. ...more

Sunday Fun…er Sleepday

It’s almost 7:30pm. I’m not entirely sure where this day went. Yesterday I was on the go from 7am until 10pm: salon, birthday party, purge basement of toys, feed children, put children to bed, crash ....more