My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

March 10, 2017

Collaboration #SOLC17

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I usually run reading groups back-to-back from 8:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.  Then I emerge for lunch and return to my room for two more groups at 1:00 p.m.  I travel the hallways with my kinders and first graders, but I usually don't see my coworkers until after school.

This week, PARCC testing adjusted our schedules.  I didn't see as many students, and I had some opportunities to reconnect with some staff members inside and outside my building.

I adore my students, but this reconnection reminded me that there are many great minds and ideas around me.  I've been planning our spring reading night with just a couple of colleagues.  Today I started brainstorming with three others, and the ideas were phenomenal.  A couple more teachers stopped by my room while their students were in specials and we planned an entire spirit week.

Standardized tests threw off the whole school schedule, affecting students and teachers (!).  I'm grateful for the reconnection with my staff across small moments this week.  Our students and their families will benefit when they attend our reading night!


  1. I'm so happy for you! It is a blessing to be able to connect and collaborate with our colleagues, and I'm so glad that you had that chance this week!

  2. Everybody working together makes for great happenings. So glad you could reconnect.

  3. I miss these days with you. Lucky new teachers. Can't wait to hear more about your reading night!

  4. That's so fantastic that you were able to reconnect and recharge for the benefit to your kiddos!!!! LOVE!!! :)