Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Perusing Twitter, I found where award-winning author, Jacqueline Woodson tweeted her equation for reading:  Reading = Hope X Change and asked, "What's your equation?"

What a GREAT question.  I pondered for awhile and finally replied with my equation for reading:

Reading = Thinking X Sharing

For me, I find that reading always makes me think (more deeply) and I usually find ways (and people) to share my reading; therefore, I devised my own reading equation.  So, in the words of Woodson, what is your equation?
How do you view reading?  How do you (or will you) impact reading in the lives of your students?  
Your excitement, energy, and love of books is contagious...how will you spread it?

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Books: Why I Can't Stay Within My Budget

When it comes to books, I have NO shelf control.  Amazon Prime is SO tempting...I mean all I have to do is search, add to cart, & click check out...and in TWO days...my package arrives! It's so quick and easy...it's scary (in a good way).
Evenings are when I think, plan, contemplate and in that moment when an idea strikes...I suddenly receive a confirmation email that my order has been received?!  😊
So, I have decided that when it comes to staying within my budget...my purchase of books cannot be part of it. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

World Read Aloud Day

What a great way to start the day:  Author, Jacqueline Woodson tweeted the link to her video celebrating World Read Aloud Day, by reading her book, Each Kindness.  She was just recently named the Sixth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature!  Her platform is:  Reading = Hope x Change
She is also the award-winning author of many amazing books, such as:
Brown Girl Dreaming, 2014
Each Kindness, 2012
Peace, Locomotion, 2009
Coming On Home Soon, 2004
Miracle's Boys, 2000


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


It happened!  I was "bit by the flu bug" of 2018!  It started with a fever, that lasted about 4 days.  I am not sure if I can remember a time where I have felt so miserable (and utterly exhausted).  You know it's bad, when I didn't spend any of my four days in bed reading.  My head, eyes, and just about every joint in my body ached.

Thankfully, due to rest, lots of fluids, and of course, my antibiotic, I am on the mend and was able to return to my classes today.  

Here's hoping for a healthy 2018! 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr

As we celebrate today, I think this is one of my favorite quotes, as it relates to education:  we, as teachers, must teach skills and concepts (obviously), but character is so important!  We need to do better...be better!  Teachers serve as role models, so we must model how to be good characters, citizens; we can't just talk about it:  we have to walk the walk. As we enjoy our day off, use it for more than just a day off from work.  Think about why we are off, what King did and how he impacted our society; where we are today, and more importantly where we need to be!  Use it as a time to reflect, and think critically about how you can make a difference, be the difference.  
Happy Monday to all.  Go, be your very best!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Snow Day

The snow that was predicted:  it came, it saw, it conquered!  We are covered in snow, with a layer of ice below, therefore, this southwest Florida girl can be found here:  home!  I must admit, the first snow of the year is always exciting and beautiful to look at (from inside, of course).  But, as we approach day 3, I can honestly say, I'm done...you can melt.  I'm ready to go back to school!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Semester Excitement

WARNING:  Nerdy Professor Post!

Preparing for a new semester is always such an exciting time for me.  I get so excited about meeting new students as well as seeing previous students, of course. It is also a time for me to reflect on the previous semester, read my course evaluations, and make necessary changes...try something different...explore new possibilities...discover new technology tools to enhance student learning and provide instructional supports...a new opportunity to do what I love most:  TEACH.  Over my break, I've read, participated in live Twitter Chats, tried new apps, and labored over ways to better teach and impact LITERACY.  I've made several changes to my interactive student notebook for my Teaching Elementary Reading course, improved (or so I think) the Reading & Writing Workshop Assignment for READ 448, chosen great books to either read aloud or book talk in my Children's and Young Adolescent Lit courses.  As I prepare, I always return to my target:  my what, how and most importantly, my WHY.  
WHAT:  teach most effective, research-based strategies to better prepare preservice teachers.
HOW:  model engaging, interactive, hands-on strategies, so preservice teachers SEE the HOW.
WHY:  because LITERACY matters. 
So, here's to Spring 2018:  Let's go:  Inspire, Create, Be your best!