Saturday, April 6, 2019

LetsWrite2019: An Update

Well.  Let's look at these writing goals, shall we?

My writing list for 2019:

1.  Participate fully in the Slice of Life Challenge in March.  Well.  This did Not happen.  

2.  Keep a writer's notebook-some guided and some not.  Collect stories and thoughts here.  I am doing this.  A notebook and Google Keep are helping me gather ideas and stories.  

3.  Post here 2-3 times a week.  Link to Slice of Life and What Are you Reading?  Nope.  

Okay.  So what does this mean?  

I think it means I'm still re-finding my rhythm when it comes to writing.  Some things have happened this year that have me dreaming this year!  Including building Legacy Foundation for teachers, and some other ideas as well.  Writing definitely plays a role here.  I'm just relearning where.  

I'm brainstorming as I write this.  Here are some revised goals for 2019:

1.  Write everyday.  Some public and some not.  
2.  Continue to keep a notebook.  Keep collecting thoughts and stories.  
3.  A post here.  Post somewhere new?  Maybe the goal is to reflect on what the story is these days.  

On a side note, if I am reflecting, my One Little Word should probably be "Rhythm".  Or "Unsettled."  As I'm finding mine...again.  It is my favorite part of being an educator.  I'm not afraid of the disruption and the learning that is taking place.  

I'm so thankful for communities such as this, Leigh Anne, that help us to stay connected.  Thanks for going on this journey with me!  


Must Read in 2019: An Update

Hi Friends!

It's been a good year of reading so far!  In the middle of the Midwest, we had terrible weather this late winter, and we spent many days on the couch reading.

As things have thawed and warmed up, I have fallen behind a bit in this last month to stay on pace, but I think I can catch up!

Currently Reading:


Just Finished:

Finished so far:




Up Next, Hopefully before April is over.  It is lofty, but I have 2 hours each week, where I am sitting at the park waiting for my Big Kid to finish soccer.  (I'm like the teenage version of Uber these days...but that is another blog post...) 


So.  2 of these books were in my original plan.  2 came from winter trips to the book store.  And 3 are a result of our book fair last week. 


Sunday, January 6, 2019

#LetsWrite2019: One Word

Hello!  So we went back to school on Thursday and Friday.  It really was a perfect way to reenter after Christmas break.  We had 2 new students in our class, and so we took those two days to look at our classroom community and just reengage with each other.  It really was awesome.  (And yes, I did do a face plant on my couch on Friday, but it was still awesome!)

My favorite part of last week was looking at our community and thinking about how we can take care of each other for the rest of the year.  So I introduced One Word to my first graders.  

I was nervous.  I was pretty sure it wouldn't work.  I was wrong.  

So, we talked about letting Jesus guide our New Year together.  I showed them the work I did with my One Word.  

Mine is Joy.  
As in seeing God's goodness in everything, even when it looks messy. 
It just fits this year.  

We talked about what I would do practice Joy!
1.  Give High fives and hugs after lunch recess to say "Welcome back!"
2.  Say encouraging things as often as I can.
3.  Smile-even when it's hard.  

And then I set the kids up!  
I did choose a set of words to choose from:  Love, Joy, Peaceful, Kindness, Focus, Hospitality, Sharing
I also chose Bible verses to go with them.  
Kids were allowed to choose a word that they were excited to guide them.  (If they would have asked me for a different one than what was here, I would have said yes.)
We looked at some examples of kid work in making some art work to go with the word.  
Then, off we went!  Let's look at how it went, shall we?

If you don't spend time with first graders:  
1.  You can sit by me.
2.  You can be my friend.
3.  You can play with this.  

I think we are off to a great start!  I loved the conversations and thought that went into the work that the kids did with this project.  They are posted in my room for reference if we need to see them again.  

Do you have One Word?  Want to share?


Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Let's Write.

Leigh Anne.  Thank you.  This is just the kick of encouragement that I needed to get going.  

Now.  If you need to, head on over to her blog.  She'll explain the Let's Write Challenge for 2019.

I've been thinking about my writing list.  It needs to be realistic, yet a bit of a challenge.  I think I did it as I dip back into writing.  

My writing list for 2019:

1.  Participate fully in the Slice of Life Challenge in March.  

2.  Keep a writer's notebook-some guided and some not.  Collect stories and thoughts here.  

3.  Post here 2-3 times a week.  Link to Slice of Life and What Are you Reading?
Also, add in one more post each week reflecting on life in education.  It might be connected to the classroom.  It might be on self care.  (I'm a big fan.)  It will just be the story of a teacher in the middle of the Midwest.  

Also.  My One Little Word?  Joy.  The hopeful kind that lets you see goodness even when it's messy.  I'm also learning how to letter and draw through Bible journaling.  

So.  Let's Write!  


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Must Read in 2019


Thank you to Carrie from for continuing to share her space with us!  

So.  I'm aiming for 40 again.  Only this time I have a plan!  I've broken it down into 3-4 titles a month.  

This is my pile for January.  I'm aiming to finish Land of Stories so my 10 year old can start.  And Educated was a gift.  

 I didn't spend a lot of time on visuals this time, because a lot of these I have referenced before.  Here's to a Must Read in 2019! 


Thursday, December 27, 2018

#mustreadin2018: Reading Goals or Bust


Thank you Carrie for continuing to graciously host our reading community. 

Okay.  So it wasn't a total bust.  I had set a goal for 40 books, because I turned 40 last year.  Actually, my 10 year old suggested it.  I thought it was brilliant, since in 2017 I read 30 books.  It seemed reasonable. 

And then some life happened.  I won't bore you with the details, since we are about the books here.  But we've made some great memories and had a lot of fun.  I've learned lessons along the way.  Even my Mr. stood in the kitchen last week and declared at 6:23 AM, "December is kicking our butts!"  But we take the good, the bad, and the ugly, and just keep moving forward. 

However, as of today, I've read 16 books. 
It's okay to giggle.  I did too a bit when I saw that. 

Here they are:


I loved all my reading for different reasons.  But I won't forget hopping behind my teenager as he finished Long Way Down, because I needed someone to talk to about this book!  Everybody Always was a timely read, and part of the reason why I didn't get to 40 books-more interruptions! 

Here is to 2019!  Happy Reading!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

#mustreadin2018: An Update.

I'm so thankful for a reading community that encourages just that...reading!

It's been a busy year.  I've entered the sweet spot of parenting and don't want to miss a thing.  For me that means I have two boys almost 14 and almost 10. 

But yet, there is time to read.  It's part of our family's make-up.  I have blog posts set aside on how our youngest is developing his own identity as a reader. 

Now, let's get to the update. 
I have set a goal of 40 books.  I did that on a whim of my almost 10 year old telling me I should-because I turned 40. 
It's not looking great friends.  I'm at 15 books, currently reading 2.  But the year isn't over yet!


I'm currently reading: