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As I sit to write this, I have a handful of possible excuses ready and waiting to explain the sudden absence around here. Traveling to Chicago to attend the National Writing Project annual meeting where I was able to meet up with Stacey and Ruth from Two Writing Teachers, and connect with other slicers! Starting […]
Today I’m looking forward to reconnecting with so many of my NWP friends from across the nation! By the time this posts, I’ll be en route to the Windy City to participate in some thought-provoking conversations that always challenge me to improve my practices as a teacher. Despite the funding difficulties of the National Writing […]
There are a thousand unfinished tasks on my to-do list – Prepare my classroom for my 2-day absence and pack for NWP/NCTE just to name two. In spite of all those things looming overhead, today I’m sitting here with 23 kids after school watching a movie. Maybe the fact that I brought munchies served as […]
The effortlessness of our friendship, the simple exchange of blessings is a gift I often take for granted. For your silent strength in all things – faith, home, school – thank you. For your simple encouragement in all ways – tears, cards, smiles – thank you. For your selfless example in this world […]
“He punched me,” she sobbed as big choking breaths shook her little body. “What? Buddy, what happened?” I asked turning to face my sheepish son. As I sat listening to both sides of the story about wanting the same silly toy I found myself both frustrated and fearful about this first brush with true trouble. […]
As my weekend comes to a close, I can’t help but feel both exhausted and exhilarated. Filled with a combination of more than it seemed I could handle and not quite enough, I find myself looking very forward to a great night’s rest! Here’s hoping tomorrow I’ll be able to catch up from the past […]
While I’ve grown a bit more disciplined in making time for and recognizing the importance of rest, I still find myself frustrated in its seeming lack of productivity. Even still – eyes heavy, mind full, I’m thankful today for the welcome it will offer when, soon, I will whisper hello to my pillow.
Today, students used their openers to get into the zone of mysteries. With each passing hour, I found myself smiling at the chances I saw them taking in their writing. The great used of interesting verbs and excellent adjectives. How calling them away from their computers to learn a little more about how to tag […]
Some days are barbed, pinching and poking with each passing moment. Some days are weaved feverishly of a fine filament that feels on the cusp of fracture. When days of that sort find one another, the filaments no longer need to search for fissures on which to cling. For there, big and bold is a […]
The warmth of the lone light left illuminating our entryway welcomes me home from a weekend away. The silence of a sleeping house, reassures me that all was well in my absence. The serenity of two sweaty heads swathed in a blue-white glow of night lights fills this mother’s heart with vast and varied emotions. […]