Long Overdue

2 months and 2 days. 2 months and 2 days since my last post. When you last heard from me, I was doing this: See the smile? Fake. I was incredibly unaware of the beauty surrounding me when this picture was taken. I was not living in the moment. Not at all.   You see,…

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies and a Poem (But not a poem about Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.)

Last week was Badger testing at my school...the Badger test is Wisconsin's Smarter Balanced Assessment. Despite what the name implies, it's not a test about Badgers. (Although the 6th grade team I work with, did think it would be entertaining to create a test about badgers. We're kinda funny that way. You know...with questions like "How many eyes…

Health Challenge #10 (Or why is an ELA teacher teaching health?)

My 6th graders are in the midst of "Health Challenge #10". I have to say, that I look forward to the days health challenges are introduced. The discussions that unfold are not only eye opening, but thought provoking as well. At times, I really am shocked by what students know or don't know regarding their health. I've realized…

A Warm Heart and A Warm Belly

I've been neglecting my blogging life these past few weeks. As much as I have been itching to write, my adult self (you know...the responsible one) knew I needed to adhere to the old  "business before pleasure" adage. The business being correcting 110+ 6th grade personal narratives and 110+ journal responses, and writing 110+ report card comments.…

Sticky Note Poetry

Before I started blogging, I did a lot of blog reading. As I teacher of language arts, I understood the importance of  mentor texts (or perhaps I should say mentor blogs). Before I began creating my own blog, I knew I needed to see quality examples of what I wanted to produce. During this process, I…