Spring, Where Are You?

I am so over this cold weather and the upcoming snow storm is making me just want to curl into a ball and never get out of bed. I’m heading home after work today to spend the weekend with my family and catching up on some much needed girl time with my two best friends. I can’t wait to watch endless hours of law&order with my mom and eat so much park pizza.

Hope everyone enjoys their weekend. Make sure to bundle up!!



all pictures from the Free People Pinterest board – Crisp Air


Story Retelling



Story retelling is used after a student or group of students has already read a story and then retells, or simply summarizes the story in their own words.

The first step to this activity is reading the book: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. This book can be done as a read aloud right before the activity, or have been read in the days prior to doing this activity. 

Start with a big ball of yarn. The first student will hold the ball of yarn in their hand, and begin with the first sentence of their story summary. That student will then toss the ball of yarn to the next student, who will then say the next sentence of the story. This will continue until the class has summarized what they have read. At the end, the students will have worked together to retell the story of The Very Busy Spider, as well as creating their own spider web!

If there are too many students in a classroom, this can be done in smaller groups to create multiple webs and to give students the opportunity to add more than one sentence to the retelling.

Happy Planning!

All Things Eric Carle

I’m doing an author study for my using children’s literature class. My group and I chose Eric Carle as our author (well actually I chose him because I LOVE his books). So, as some background I’m sharing a list of some awesome books by this wonderful author/illustrator. 


1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – $6.07 for a Board Book on Amazon


2. The Grouchy Ladybug –  $8.09 for a Board Book on Amazon


3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? – $6.50 for Board Book on Amazon



4. Friends – $13.90 for a Hardcover on Amazon

I’ll be posting a lot about EC, his books, and mini lessons that my group and I come up with throughout the process of creating our author study.. stay tuned!

Happy reading!!


What Students Remember Most About Teachers

Pursuit of a Joyful Life

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,

I saw you as you rushed passed me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And I asked you how your day was going and you sighed.

“Oh, fine,” you replied.

But I knew it was anything but fine. I noticed that the stress was getting to you. I could tell that the pressure was rising. And I looked at you and made an intentional decision to stop you right then and there. To ask you how things were really going. Was it that I saw in you a glimpse of myself that made me take the moment?

You told me how busy you were, how much there was to do

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