March 28, 2023

Counting Blessings


My friend, Christine, sent a book to Pearl and my class.

How kind and generous! We are grateful and enjoying it so much.

The book, "Dog Saves Duck", is a true story about a sweet friendship.

March 27, 2023

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When we were all home in 2020, Katie Keier invited a group of teachers from around North America to meet on zoom. It was a large group that met, and then over time, as we went back into our schools, there were five of us. Continuing to connect and meet regularly, our friendships have grown across the miles. 

Recently, Katie travelled to Italy to learn more about Reggio Emilia. What a beautiful and breathtaking experience she had with the people and the land. In our group chat, she sent another photo with a sweet message saying she waved to us on her way home.

Textbook | Geography

March 24, 2023

Counting Blessings


When I was at ENC with Sarah, I said it would take lightening to know.

There was lightening with Jim. There still is.

March 20, 2023

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Every school year, we make a chart for sharing. 

We do it together as we notice situations. 

We talk about it, problem solve it, model it, and practice it.

When problems arise, they can then refer to the chart if they need to remember a strategy.

I think one of the best things they learn is that it is okay to say, "I'm not finished with it yet." They also learn to be more flexible and patient when they are the one who needs to wait.

As the saying goes, all we really need to know we learned in kindergarten!

March 19, 2023

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Why did I start writing here?

Michelle Nero encouraged me to join the Slice of Life with Two Writing Teachers, a wonderful place to grow as a teacher. They share ideas for the classroom, and they encourage teachers of writing to write. They also know teachers, like students, need a supportive community.

Why do I keep writing here?

While I have not been a part of the Slice of Life community for a long time, I continue to write here to save thoughts and stories. Like my dad, with scrapbooks, slides, and tapes, I want to save memories for my children to enjoy now or later.