Just a Poem I Wrote (Because sometimes that’s what I do…)

Memories of My Childhood   Standing on tiptoe, my eyes search the dark recesses of the closet…   There it is.   I reach up, slide the box off the shelf, and crouch down.   Gently I place the box on the floor in front of me.   I peel back the cardboard flaps, somewhat…

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There’s Only One You (Or…worst title EVER.)

Finally. It’s poetry time. Now I realize the calendar says May, and April is officially poetry month, but whoever made that decision didn’t realize there are pacing guides to be followed. I simply could not begin poetry until Informational Writing had been taught, practiced, and assessed. And that didn’t happen until the beginning of May. And…

Why I Write

Why do I write? Well, for starters, it’s crucial for my job. I can’t imagine being an ELA (English/Language Arts) teacher and not being a writer any more than I can imagine being an ELA teacher and not being a reader. In my book (wink, wink), they go hand in hand. But there's more to it…

A Poem, A Class and A Connection

This summer I am taking part in the Fox Valley Writing Project's Invitational Summer Institute. It's a great opportunity for me, and I am super excited to be a part of it. Last Saturday, during the orientation, one of the instructors shared the book The Best Part of Me, which is a wonderful book about body image,…

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…