The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright was an unexpected surprise from a Scholastic Book Club teacher order. I got a copy at the end of last year using the last of my bonus points and tossed it in my feelings bin when I packed up my classroom in June. When I pulled it out to read… Continue reading The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright
I can’t believe it’s already August! After a full year of teaching remotely, this was the first summer where I really, truly unplugged from school and didn’t do any work. No professional development, no emails, no brainstorming lessons and activities. I’ve spent the past month and a half soaking up the summer with my three-year-old… Continue reading New Grade, New Books!
Last year I was introduced to the Mood Meter, a tool developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The meter is divided into four zones that represent a category of feelings based on their energy and pleasantness. The goal of the tool is to help people identify and label their emotions in an effort… Continue reading Teaching Emotional Intelligence with Picture Books and the Mood Meter
I am embarrassed to say that, until last year, I had never read a wordless book with my students. And in all honesty, I first read one completely by chance. A colleague was reading aloud stacks of picture books that had made Caldecott 2020 prediction lists. After they finished reading all the books, her students… Continue reading Fly! by Mark Teague
Every year around this time, I start to get the itch to teach again. I’ve had a few weeks to decompress after the hustle and bustle of the end of June and some time to reflect on the school year. I look back and think about what worked, what needs to be tweaked, and what… Continue reading Reimagining Interactive Read Aloud for the Fall