A Reading Nook for Me

it’s a quiet place

a little sun

a little shade

a willow tree reaches for the sky

the weeds weave in and out

sounds of the summer abound

morning doves cooing

robins chirping

cicadas singing a summer song

but a hideaway 

just to sit

to relax

to read

a reading nook

just for me

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my reading nook

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reading time + writing time = summertime!

#cypberPD 2015

#cyberPD 2015

Some may think that when the students are away the teachers will play, but that’s not the case!  At least in my PLN it’s not.  Last week #cyberPD embarked on yet another year of bringing educators together for the reading and discussing of a hot topic in the world of literacy.  And, I’m happy to say that this year I am not going to be just lurking or stalking.  I too will be posting and promoting the book of choice for 2015, Digital Reading What’s Essential in Grades 3-8 by William L. Bass ll & Franki Sibberson.

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#cyberPD 2015

Now, just in case you were wondering what else I have been reading this summer here is a peek at my professional reading.

professional reading

professional reading

And, here are the books I am going to read so that I can share with my students and colleagues when the school year begins in August.

summer reading

summer reading

Last but not least, I needed to mix in some “just for fun” adult reading!

just for fun reading

just for fun reading

So it goes without saying, a little reading plus a little writing (a.k.a. blogging) equals summertime!

A special thank you to Cathy Mere of Reflect and Refine, Michelle Nero of Literacy Learning Zone, and Laura Komos for hosting #cyberPD 2015. Click here to learn more about #cyberPD.

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Nineteen Special Years & Counting

I see…

a preschooler of yesterday,

a college student of today,

beauty of a young lady with ambition,

the nineteenth birthday of a remarkable daughter!

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I feel…

proud to be your mother,

a rush of happiness hearing your laughter,

excitement every time I see your warm-hearted smile,

how quickly those nineteen birthdays have elapsed!

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I hear…

your giggles as a toddler,

a young adult sharing her future,

a voice of creativity,

the tune to nineteen years of singing “Happy Birthday”!

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I love…

your kind and caring heart,

the determination you have to succeed,

independence that you have embraced,

knowing those nineteen years have been a treasure!

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Happy 19th Birthday, Maddie!

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April is National Poetry Month!

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to find more poems written by fellow bloggers.

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A Little Spine Poetry for Book Lovers

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bounding down the hall

following the yellow brick roads

off to room 230 they travel.

yes, it was time

for reading in the wild

bringing words to life, 

because, well, word nerds they are

stepping into the reading zone.

no teaching reading in small groups today

working independently they would

notice & note,

use strategies that work,

and their notebook know how.

sharing their love of reading and books

certainly it is true

book whisperers they are.

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to find more poems written by fellow bloggers.

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A Week of Celebrations

Monday’s celebration,

dinner out

for my parents’

47th wedding anniversary.

celebrate!

Tuesday’s celebration,

a field trip for me

to visit

our middle school

1:World initiative.

celebrate!

Wednesday’s celebration,

the warm weather

finally arrived!

celebrate!

Thursday’s celebration,

three workouts complete

running, strength training, and yoga.

celebrate!

Friday’s celebration,

date night,

sushi night!

celebrate!

Saturday’s celebration,

a day at the SPCA

advocating for

animal adoption.

celebrate!

Sunday’s celebration,

ran 18 miles,

completed week #11

of marathon training!

celebrate! celebrate! celebrate!

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Friday Fun Facts

Did you know

I attended college as a non-traditional student.  My teaching career began in 2001 and when I began teaching I taught 3rd grade.  I thought it was the best grade in the world!  Today I am a reading specialist for students in grades 4-6 and I love grades 4-6 too.

Now you know!

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Did you know…

My favorite authors for professional development are Kylene Beers, Maureen McLaughlin, and Aimee Buckner.  Currently, Jennifer Sarravallo is on the top of the list.  For my students, some of my favorite books are Storm Runners, Love that Dog, and Firegirl.  My kiddos are in love with the I Survived series. I Survived the Shark Attacks is an all-time winner!

Now you know!

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Did you know…

Our district is embarking on a 1:World initiative and next year all students in our building will have their own iPad mini device.  This transition has made for major changes in the way I deliver my instruction.  Since I have already made the 1:World transition, I began using the Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology and I truly think it is fantastic!

Now you know!

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Did you know…

I love my students and my colleagues.  It really is true that I teach in the greatest school in all the land!

Now you know!

My Classroom

My Classroom

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Just a Bit Anxious

The warmer days of spring and summer are right around the corner!  For me, one of the perks of the warmer days ahead is being able to break out my Vitamix and make a delicious smoothie.  They are perfect for breakfast or as a post-recovery treat after a long run. Actually, they are perfect just about anytime!

Now, the kitchen certainly is not where I enjoy spending my time (due to the fact that Matt is the chef of the house), but I can successfully whip up a smoothie.  So, today I would like to share this delicious and nutritious treat with you!

Without further adieu, here is what you need to do to create this warm weather treat.

  • a blender-I have a Vitamix 🙂
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
Materials

Materials

  • vanilla almond milk – 1 to 2 cups
  • chocolate cocoa powder – 1 tbsp.
  • Wyman’s frozen blueberries – 1 cup
  • Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed meal (or chia seeds) – 2 tbsp.
  • honey – 1 tbsp.
  • ripe avocado – 1/4 of the avocado
  • vanilla – 1 tsp. (optional)
Ingredients

Ingredients

Pour ingredients right into the blender

Pour ingredients right into the blender

Blend until a nice consistency.  Add more liquid if necessary.

Blend until a nice consistency. Add more liquid if necessary.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Voila!

There you have it, my favorite blueberry smoothie.

Now you can see why I’m just a bit anxious.

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