Spring Break!

Spring break has arrived! My students and I had a great week, but we were all ready for spring break! Today I made sure all of my students had multiple books to read over break. They were so concerned about checking out all of the books they have been wanting to read. They asked each […]


What types of conversations do your students have in the classroom?   Today I am thinking about verbal conversations, although there are several types of conversations students may have in the classroom.  This is an area I have focused on this year.  Throughout the school year, I have continually thought about how I can encourage […]

Sub Plans

Tomorrow will be the third day that I will have a guest teacher (substitute teacher) in my classroom. I will also be gone for the morning on Tuesday.  It will be a total of three and a half days that I will not be in the classroom.  I typically am not out of the classroom […]


After a long couple of days at a conference, all you want to do is relax. Tomorrow I have to go into work to prepare for the week, and write two more days of sub plans. I will probably spend quite a bit of time at school to get ready for report cards and conferences […]

Motivating Students to Read

Today, at the Illinois Reading Conference, I was able to meet Aaron Reynolds.  He is an author we have wanted to bring to our school for our One Author-One School program.  (A yearlong author study with a culminating activity where the author comes to our school.  Each student receives an autographed book at the end […]

Chant With Me: NO SNOW DAY! NO SNOW DAY! Last Day of ISATs tomorrow!

Tomorrow is our last day of ISAT testing!  My kids are so excited that tomorrow’s test has no extended response and it is only 20 multiple choice questions.  Let’s just hope there is no snow day!!! But can we just talk for a minute about that extended response? THEY ROCKED IT!  We have been writing […]