Do you ever have those eureka moments teaching, when you get an idea all of a sudden, like mid mini-lesson? I had one of those moments today during reading workshop this afternoon. My lovely students were sitting in our rug area, and I was giving my mini-lesson about using learning progressions to analyze our responses … Continue reading mid mini-lesson eureka Moment
After all these years of teaching, you would think that I wouldn't be so nervous about being observed. All day, I couldn't help, but feel anxious and excited as I awaited the time of my observation. This was the first time I was being formally observed for an entire lesson at my new school. I … Continue reading Being Observed Like Lab Rats
One of the things that I love about teaching fifth graders is what I call the "teacher effect". Yes, I just made that up. What is it? The standard dictionary definition would look something like this. The ability to influence students in a positive manner due to your role as a teacher. Here's a specific … Continue reading The Teacher Effect
It's that time of the year, where we get overwhelmed with school work, the holidays and everything else we need to do! I don't know about you, but my to do list keeps on increasing. I cross off one item, then I need to add five more. I've come to a point of not putting … Continue reading Time to Celebrate!
This year, I started something new with my students. Every Friday, I have a read aloud guest who comes in and reads to my students. We've had different teachers and staff from our school come in to read almost every week (If I haven't asked you yet, don't worry your turn will come soon!). It … Continue reading Read Aloud Guests
As I checked my e-mail, I couldn't believe it. I received a confirmation that I would be able to participate in the Nike We Run Seoul 10K race happening on October 23rd, with 30,000 other people! This was another one of those last minute impulse kind of decisions that I didn't really fully think through. My … Continue reading A Good Suprise
This past summer, when I was at the Teacher's College Reading Institute, I kept hearing about this book called The Help. A few weeks ago, I finally borrowed the book from my friend and started reading it. I didn't really know what the book was about, but once I started reading it, I couldn't put … Continue reading The Help, Hong Kong & Reading Partners!