Category Archives: school

School Moments to Celebrate

My ESL newcomer has talked to me a lot in Spanish. He has repeated a lot of English. It was a GREAT moment this week when he shared his first independent communication in English- as he left my classroom, heading … Continue reading

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Making Masks

I am trying to be quick- even though I am not usually a quick writer! I am on a lunch break from our first day back to school professional development. I am happy because I am with my “tribe.” Our … Continue reading

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Celebrating Anticipation

I’ve been waiting, hoping, wondering when it would show up. As the days of summer break dwindled “like sand in the hourglass,” my thoughts began to turn to the new school year. But I was feeling the ending of summer … Continue reading

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Do you know what your students are reading?

I suppose most of us teachers at least think we know the answer, know what our students are reading. But consider what Matt de la Pena said in his Newbery speech. He said he didn’t consider himself a reader, “but … Continue reading

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We’ve Got Talent!

This year our annual school talent show took on a new format. It was still as cute as ever. The theme was Talent Through the Decades. Most of the acts were whole classes doing songs from the Hit Parade of … Continue reading

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Celebrating Goodbyes?

With only four days of our school year left, the goodbyes have begun. Last night we celebrated with our retirees. Of the four, only one is a traditional retiree. She is a legendary teacher at our school. She is usually … Continue reading

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A Great Classroom Moment

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working with fifth graders as they craft “Where I’m From” poems. Our mentor is George Ella Lyon, a poet laureate of Kentucky and author of many books for children. Friday afternoon … Continue reading

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A Funny Little Celebration

On “Crazy Hair Day” this week, I streaked my hair with electric blue. The celebration? The kids loved it, and I was the recipient of a lot of smiles. Even the staff had smiles for me (except for the ones … Continue reading

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Come Back for a Minute

As my friend and I left the cafeteria after our breakfast duty and headed for our classroom, we took the shortcut outside. She was a few steps ahead of me, so when I said, “Oh, look,” the building was blocking … Continue reading

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Scenes from St. Patrick’s Day at School

The first person I saw this morning when I arrived at school was our secretary. Perched on her head was a tiny, fancy, Kentucky Derby style hat with a miniature veil. It was kelly green. It was attached to her … Continue reading

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