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What I Learned from Going Back to the Classroom…and What I’m Reading This Summer to Learn More

I started my career as a first grade teacher and spent ten years in the primary grades before transitioning to becoming a literacy specialist. Even so, when my district asked me to go back into the classroom this year to help provide cohorts small enough to teach in person, I did have that sneaking fear:… Continue reading What I Learned from Going Back to the Classroom…and What I’m Reading This Summer to Learn More

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Summer Stacks

It has been a joy to join the TBR blog this school year. Like so many of you, the year has been filled with challenges, and I am grateful for the rejuvenation that the next two months will provide. Here are a few of my summer book stacks. Professional books Children's books Adult books

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We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

We have been reading and loving books by Traci Sorell all year; in fact, we are HUGE Traci Sorell fans.  I was so excited to share her newest book, We Are Still Here; Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, with my students in the month of May. The story takes place on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. … Continue reading We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know

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Gert and the Sacred Stones

From the first year that we transitioned to teaching with authentic literature through the Reader’s Workshop model to last spring, my classroom library grew exponentially.  Anytime I heard about new books being published, I ran to the local bookstore and grabbed them.  I follow several blogs and twitter accounts that are focused on children’s literature.… Continue reading Gert and the Sacred Stones

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A Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters

A must have book for upper elementary classrooms On April fifth, I found myself in a strange situation of having to create a classroom community out of two separate cohorts for the remaining ten weeks of the school year. A few of the questions running through my mind were: How do I do that when… Continue reading A Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters

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I Am A Kindness Hero by Jennifer Adams

I recently added this book to my personal library. As a school principal, I'm always looking for books on kindness, respect, and taking care of one another. This book's simple yet powerful text and beautiful illustrations by Carme Lemniscates are a perfect read aloud for when I visit classrooms. The main character demonstrates many different… Continue reading I Am A Kindness Hero by Jennifer Adams