Throughout the year, I reflect. Sometimes it’s through video and other times it’s written in my beautiful cork journal with my equally beautiful pens. I reflect to provide clarity, to align myself with my vision and to stay grounded. However, at the end of the year, I do a massive reflection process. It takes me … Continue reading Here’s to 2022: The Reflection of 2021
Call me cray cray 😜! The teachers at my school know I can be a little cray cray about my passion—teaching, learning and coaching. But it’s all good! I 💜 what I do! One of my many joys in education is hosting an annual book study at my school. I pull out the bells and … Continue reading Teaching Writing in Small Groups Book Study!
Happy Numbers is a mathematical is a supplemental curriculum that helps to build and teach mathematical skills to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. You can use it in small groups, during math lessons, at home learning or also in a virtual setting. Due to the fact that I am an Instructional Coach and not … Continue reading Happy Numbers makes me Happy!
Yes, we can teach standards with mentor texts. Of course, please, align them and use them purposefully and intentionally in your planning. You know, I’m an instructional coach so, I’m like, yes, do that. [continue reading] However, use of mentor texts like picture books (at any level), poetry, essays, excerpts of essays, multimedia sources, speeches, … Continue reading What are you truly using mentor texts for?
A couple of months ago, I posted on the blog about LEGO® Education BricQ Motion Essential, which is an amazing STEAM Education kit that I absolutely love for myself and children. Well, guess what? There is now a new tool from LEGO Education for professional development that allows teachers to learn how to implement STEAM … Continue reading LEGO® Education launches Amazing Professional Development for Educators
Finding new children's books that speak to my soul is my passion. Finding new children's books that speak to my soul, allow me to learn new things and connect to life is my passion on overload. That is what this book, Ten Ways to Hear Snow written by Cathy Camper and illustrated by Kenard Pak, … Continue reading Using Mentor Texts to Teach Reading Skills: Ten Ways to Hear Snow
Place a Call Home While you are teaching from home, set aside a time to reach out to a couple of your student's families each day! Make the phone call to check in on the families, talk to your student, and let them know you are still there for them from afar. A phone call … Continue reading Connecting with Students & Families while Distance Learning
She recognized this book and wanted to hear it on Vooks! She loved seeing the book we had read "come to life".
You’ve been given the job of a new coach and your excitement is now breeding anxiety. One thing I was nervous about was my room set up. Initially, I didn’t know where I was going to set up shop. So many unanswered questions were swimming around in my head. Overwhelmingly, I was granted a classroom. … Continue reading Setting up my Space as an Instructional Coach
When I get books in the mail, I read them to my kiddos to see what they get from the book and if they love it. This book, Seraphina Does Everything, written by Melissa Gratias, was a book that my youngest truly enjoyed. This book is about a little girl who doesn’t want to miss … Continue reading Review of Seraphina Does Everything!
Your Happy Heart is a story written by Annie Dean and illustrated by Susan Keeter. This book is about 5th grader, Javon, who is excited to be chosen as a Book Buddy to 1st grader, Richard. Javon, being a good mentor, helps Richard through the problems he is having in school and doesn’t give up … Continue reading Your Happy Heart
Why a new logo you say? I've been wanting to change my logo to one that showed more of myself, but in a way that was more about who I am. When I began the teaching social media world and my teaching blog, I didn't really know where I wanted to go with it. I … Continue reading It’s All Me.
As an Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader in my school, I have always loved being a part of book studies. Book studies give me life. I think it's important to participate in a book study/article study at least once a year. Teachers are forever learners and must continue to grow in the field of education. Book studies … Continue reading Book Studies for Teachers!
I ❤️ ClassTag because... Parent & Family engagement is more important now than it ever has been before. With schools opening back up to students and families, as educators, we need to ensure that we are keeping our families in the loop. During the pandemic, families had no choice but to dig in often as … Continue reading I ❤️ ClassTag Because…
This is my it’s okay, Nita face. 😜 I had some unrealistic goals set for myself yesterday. I wanted to finish 20 feedback forms for teachers in 4 hours. 🙂🙃 Backstory:If you haven’t been watching my stories here’s the deal. I’ve been training part of last year and all this year on the F&P Benchmark … Continue reading Are You Crushing Your Goals?