Getting Ready for Back to School Blog Series: One Month + and a freebie!

Am I ready to go back to school? NO!  Am I thinking about going back to school? Yes, I begrudgingly admit that I am thinking about it!  I still have a little more than a month left of summer vacation, but here is what I am doing in this week to get ready to go back to school!  Read on and don't forget to pick up your freebie!

What I am doing now (still more than a month of summer vacation to go!) to get ready to go back to school!  Click for a freebie to help!


My Bullet Journal: One planner does it all (almost)!

I, like you, wear many hats in a day.  I am a wife, a mother (of a teen and a tween), a teacher, a union discussion representative, a blogger, and a teacherprenuer!  Phew!  Seeing it all written out like (and the list isn't totally complete) makes me tired.  I have to keep up with it all somehow!  That is why the word teacher is in quotes.  This is about my bullet journal. It helps me Keep it All together in one spot!  Before I go on, I have to caveat a little...I do NOT lesson plan in my bullet journal. It's just for keeping up with everything else!  I am going to share some of my bullet journal setup, spreads,  and examples.

My Teacher bullet journal post!  I am showing you how I keep it all together!  I will show you my layout, my weekly spreads, my collections, and how I use it to organize my whole life!  I don't lesson plan in my bullet journal.  This post also contains a calendar freebie for you to download and print! #bulletjournal #teachers #planner #primaryplanet

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Building Reading Stamina


Building Reading Stamina is something that we start on our very first day back to school.  Until our reading stamina is built, a lot of my lessons are on hold!  I use a version of Daily 5 in my classroom, so I always go back and reread the book before school starts. We start slowly, just three minutes to begin.  One of the best ways to help my students build their reading stamina is to help them have a plan for their reading time. So, how do I go about building reading stamina with my second graders?  Read on!

Great blog post about building Reading Stamina with a free stamina poster, a reading stamina graph, and a reading goal checklist bookmark as a visual reminder for your students! I  start teaching the student to build their reading stamina on our very first day back to school.  Until our reading stamina is built, a lot of my lessons are on hold!  #reading #freebie #bestresourceever #daily5


Teaching Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo Book Study!


Today I am blogging over at Adventures in Literacy Land!  We are doing a summer book study of Jennifer Serravallo's book Teaching Reading in Small Groups.  If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, head over there.   I am talking about Chapter 4 today: Guided Practice Toward Independence: Strategy Lessons for Comprehension, Print Work, and Fluency.

Professional Book Study: Teaching Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo

Classroom Freebies!


I am blogging at Classroom Freebies!  Head over there and check out my first post!

Hello all!  I am so excited to tell you that I am now blogging at Classroom Freebies!