It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/24/15

Last week was the official start to the school year. Nearly 100 7th graders flocked into my classroom (not at the same time, thank goodness). With school commencing, yet again I had little… Continue reading

Book Adventures in Nowhere, Nebraska

My family and I recently went on an adventure-filled vacation to southern Colorado. By adventure-filled I mean we broke down in the mountains, smoke coming from the hood of the car, and had… Continue reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/17/15

When I started writing regular It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? posts, I struggled. Primarily, I couldn’t articulate why I did or didn’t enjoy a book. Although I’m still no Shakespeare when it… Continue reading

Initial Feelings of a Brand New Teacher

The certification says that I’m highly qualified to do this. Then why do I feel otherwise? I’m the youngest teacher and the most inexperienced. I’ve never had a classroom of my own before.… Continue reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/10/15

This week is my first official week teaching which means I’ve been busy getting the classroom ready and attending meetings (not necessarily in that order). To compensate for the loss of time in… Continue reading

Celebrating Teenage Poets

Poems are like jeans. Although it may take a while, eventually everyone can find the perfect fit. Just like jeans, I believe that poetry is for everyone. Those who don’t enjoy poetry just… Continue reading

Build Relationships and Make Connections: Advice from a Teacher Intern #summerPD

Originally posted on the dirigible plum:
This post is part of a series on #summerPD. This week, I interviewed one of my favorite bloggers, Kelsey Empfield, about her recent experiences as a teacher…

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/3/15

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog meme. The kidlit version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. Check the sites out to get awesome weekly book reviews… Continue reading

Summer PD Update: Poetry Jar

At the beginning of the summer, I set a few summer professional development goals. Despite working full-time, I’ve managed to squeeze in some time to get a few things crossed off my checklist.… Continue reading

10 Ways to Make Book Club Better

One of my primary goals for my student teaching experience was to initiate book clubs. Having only helped initiate one small book club on my college campus (and only for one semester), I… Continue reading