Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another Great Giveaway!

I don't know about all of you, but I love a good giveaway!
And this is a good one!
Head on over to:
Eberhart's Explorer's Christmas in July Giveaway!
Good luck!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer Reading

Three years ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend Primary Literacy Collaborative Coordinator Training at The Ohio State University.  I had amazing teachers who inspired me and got me excited about teaching again.  They also emphasized the importance of being a lifelong learner. I have always considered myself to be just that as I continually look for ways to improve as a teacher. After completing my training I decided that every summer I would choose two professional books to read.

The Castle in the ClassroomMy first read this summer was:

The Castle in the Classroom
Story as a Springboard for Early Literacy
By: Ranu Bhattacharyya

This book not only confirmed how I teach reading and writing but reminded me of the importance of stepping back and allowing your students to be free to create.

Now, I don't know about the rest of you but I may, at times, be a bit particular about the way we do things in our classroom.  Okay, okay I can be downright controlling! But this book reminded me of the power of letting go and letting your students take control.  This book gives you a look inside her classroom as well as some Focus lessons to help you, well, focus your teaching.

So if you are looking to be inspired, reenergized, affirmed, etc. about teaching balanced literacy this book is a must read!
If you decide to check it out I would love to know what you think!
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Christina Bainbridge has a fabulous giveaway going on now!
Be sure to check it out!

My 1st Post

I have been following (okay, stalking) many blogs for a while now.  When I am not teaching I love to cook and bake.  I have to admit I have been pretty obsessed with several cooking/baking blogs.  I also consult several fabulous teacher websites on a regular basis looking for new, creative ways to do things in my classroom.  A few weeks ago I discovered one of my favorite teachers, Christina Bainbridge, had entered the blogging world. I then discovered many other teachers she "stalks" in the blogging world! This has opened up a whole new world of resources! I love that these teachers are not only willing to share their wonderful ideas but also take the time to explain how they are using them in their classroom.  I have wanted to start a blog for a while now and reading all these fabulous blogs inspired me to finally start my own.  So here it goes!  Let the adventure begin!