The First Week of School

First of all, I think we can all agree that I deserve major points for posting after the first week of school, when I could be getting some extra sleep or enjoying some of the luxuries I haven’t indulged in much this week, like sitting or silence. 😉 In all seriousness, though, the week went […]

A Classroom Tour

In high school, when it was time for me to apply to colleges, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I pictured myself exploring the dark corridors, admiring the ancient portraits that appeared to follow me along my path to my room or to the Great Hall, where I would eat my meals with […]

Summer Reading

One very exciting thing about teaching 5th grade Language Arts is getting to dive deeper into books with kids. I’m kind of obsessed with reading. For “currently reading,” my account has 8 books, at all times. If I finish one, it will be quickly replaced by another. I have books for every occasion. I […]

The Leader in Me

I attended a 3-day training this week on “The Leader in Me,” presented by the FranklinCovey group and based on Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” I’d heard of the 7 habits before but always thought they were 1) some kind of gimmick &  2) only really applied to people in the […]

“At it’s highest level, the purpose of teaching is not to teach—it is to inspire the desire for learning. Once a student’s mind is set on fire, it will find a way to provide its own fuel.” ― Sydney J. Harris

My 5th grade teacher was really pretty amazing. I don’t think I really appreciated it at the time, but looking back on that year, she definitely went above and beyond to make learning come alive for us. I didn’t exactly make it easy for her either. I arrived to the class a few days after […]