2016

25 posts

5 Tips to Find New Strength During This Season There are times in our lives when all the wind has fallen out of our sail due to personal challenges like discouragement in our jobs, death in the family, mistakes that we have made and couldn’t control.  It’s time to refocus on the gifts that have been provided …
13 Resources Honoring All Code Talkers It’s been three years today since the largest Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony took place in Washington, D.C. in 2013.  On November 20, family members and hundreds of other invited guests joined the U.S. Mint to celebrate the unique service of all American Indian Code Talkers of World War I …
Visit the 20th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival 10-4pm @ Monroe Community College Saturday November 12, 2016 We’re getting ready to launch this year’s book festival and I’m so excited! Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple spoke last night at the Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators (RACWI) meeting to kick off this weekend’s festivities. Both ladies were warm and …
A lesson using picture book Elwood Bigfoot by Jill Esbaum   What? I used this “making friends” story to break the ice in a new school setting as well as to introduce reading and writing strategies, like predicting, summarizing, word choice. Why? We study author’s craft: Authors use specific, perfect words when writing a story. How? We …
Dove Notes: Love Notes from God Acts 13:36  “…David, … served the purpose of God in his own generation…”   I am a veteran teacher– having taught 31 years now.  Often I pray, asking if I am in the right place.  The new generations of teachers are so quick to learn different things, especially technology. …
Dove Notes: Messages of Love from God I’m still moving forward one day at a time and trying to focus on getting back to work and back to writing. I recently purchased a new book- not a shocking news update- but I thought for my first post back, I’d mention it. The first chapter grabbed …
I am taking some time to step away from posting.  Just a short break. July was unexpectedly heartbreaking- I lost one of my younger brothers- complications due to cancer. It was quick and unexpected. Hug your loved ones and say “I love you” daily. You just never know… Prayers help. I will be back soon. XO
Exciting News! I’ve been nominated! Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules 1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page. 2) Post the award on your blog. 3) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you. 4) If you could be an animal, what would it …
Picture Book Mentor Texts in the Classroom Part 2 Sentence Structure   Previously in class, we’ve zeroed in on sentences that intrigue us in some way. Maybe it’s the sound of the words, or the picture the words paint in our minds. I called them “golden lines.”   All the while, I’ve been studying the craft …
Picture Book Mentor Texts in the Classroom   During these last few days, my students are so excited because they have a chance to write their own fantasy picture book story, using picture books as mentor texts and models.  Today, two of my students were jumping up and down like they just won the lottery….all …
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