Posted in 2017, Classroom, Literacy, Reading, Reflection, Slice of Life

#SOL17 It Matters To Be a Teacher Who Reads

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I have been a voracious reader as long as I can remember. My childhood memories are full of long and happy hours spent with Clifford the Big Red Dog, my friends in the Babysitters’ Club, and everyone’s favorite female sleuth in practical pumps, Nancy Drew. Middle school was spent living through the terrors on R.L Stine’s Fear Street, followed by a graduation to the true horror of Stephen King in high school. Quite simply, I can’t remember a time when there hasn’t been a book on my nightstand.

As I started teaching, I would have told you I brought my love for books into the classroom. I filled my classroom library with fantastic reads, both new and classic–or, at least, I was told they were fantastic. Some I read as read alouds; others I skimmed to prepare for working with book clubs. But way too many of the amazing books on my shelves were never opened by me–and, therefore, never opened by my students.

Fast forward to two summers ago. After eight years in the classroom and four years as an instructional coach, I thought I had everything figured out. I loved literacy and everything related to reading and writing. I felt confident in my knowledge of good instructional practices. I had a shelf overflowing with amazing professional books and was regularly leading professional development around literacy.

But then I attended the ILA conference and the world shifted. As I sat there, immersed in literacy for four days, the margins of my notebook quickly filled with title after title of outstanding books. Someone handed me a copy of The One and Only Ivan. And I began to really read for the first time in a long time.

I spent the rest of that summer reading middle grade and YA novels, then continued throughout that school year. Last summer I participated in Donalyn Miller’s summer #Bookaday challenge, the stack of books on my nightstand constantly threatening to tip over. I signed up for the selection committee for our state’s book awards and subscribed to the Nerdy Book Club blog for regular updates of new and upcoming titles. I read books that made me laugh, books that have made me ugly cry, and books that have taken me completely out of my reading comfort zone. I have held my breath as Peter and Pax tried to find their way back to each other and mourned Ms. Bixby. Over the past two years, I have transformed myself into a model of the kind of reader I want my students to become.

And, I learned very quickly, it matters.

It matters because of the student who had a copy of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters on her desk whose face lit up when I asked her if she’d also read Smile.

It matters because of the fourth grader who visits my office to chat with me about Charlotte’s Web.

It matters because of the first grader who stopped and talked to me about our favorite Dog Man book in the hallway yesterday afternoon.

It matters because of the fifth grader who raised his hand to get my attention during standardized testing last week because he wanted to tell me he started reading The Honorable Perry T. Cook after I read a chapter aloud in his classroom several weeks ago.

It matters because of the third graders who showed up at my office door to borrow Fenway and Hattie after I shared a chapter with their class.

It matters because of the teacher who asked to borrow Pax for a class read aloud after I used an excerpt in a training.

And it matters for my own children, who I can only hope are someday inspired by teachers who love to read, too.

Note: Just as I prepared to hit publish on this post, this fantastic piece by Pernille Ripp popped up in my inbox with some outstanding ideas on how to be a reading role model!

I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday (and daily during the month of March) in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.


Posted in 2017, Classroom, Literacy, Reading

My #MustReadin2017 Update

At the beginning of the year, several bloggers I follow started posting their #MustReadin2017 lists, and I was instantly inspired. I traced their posts back to Carrie Gelson’s site There is a Book for That, where she extended an open invitation for readers to create, post, and share their own #MustReadin2017 lists. I combed through my Goodreads list, blogs, and the Nerdy Book Club’s 2016 Middle Grade Nerdies to compile the list I posted here, a total of 30 books I hoped to read by the end of this year.

Since then, a printed copy of this paper has sat on my 
desk, getting shuffled into one pile or another. Occasionally, I take it out, grab my blue marker, and cross another book off the list. Sometimes I refer to it while I’m on the library’s website to request a book when I’m out of inspiration (that doesn’t happen very often). Other times I look through the books I’ve already read and reflect on the ones I want to recommend to other readers.

This week, Carrie invited those of us who decided to participate to check in and share our progress. Much like the work we do sometimes with data, I immediately thought of just sharing my number: I’ve read 23 of the 30 books I challenged myself to read. A few of the remaining titles are on my nightstand currently. I’m waiting for a few more from the library.

But that doesn’t tell the story.

The story is that I love to read and I always have, but I also fall into pretty consistent reading patterns. I frequently get hooked on a particular author or series. I love realistic fiction, especially if it is dramatic. I do love to read middle grade and YA books, but shy away from fantasy and mystery and sports stories.

While this list didn’t completely push me out of my comfort zone, the story behind this check in is that it has done some powerful things for me as a reader:

  • It has pushed me to finish books I would otherwise have tried to abandon. The Inquisitor’s Tale and When the Sea Turned to Silver were amazingly-written books that were both highly recommended, but they were both out of my reading comfort/interest zone. I really had to push myself to not put them down–and I’m glad I didn’t.
  • It has kept me more focused. So often, I see a great book and mark it on Goodreads…and then forget it exists. Having this list in hand has kept some important books front and center for me the past few months.
  • It has helped me connect with other readers. Seeing the same books on someone else’s list automatically makes you feel connected with that person.
  • It has guided me to be a more committed reader. I already read voraciously, but this list has empowered me to become a little more committed to finding and reading particular titles. Knowing there would be check-in points throughout the year has supported me in not forgetting this list.

When I think about all of the benefits of participating in this community, I look forward to offering students the choice to create their own lists when I return to the classroom next fall. I can’t wait to explore the potential of adding this to my toolbox for building a reading community–and I can’t wait to knock out the remaining books on my own list in 2017!


Posted in 2017, Reading, Reflection, Slice of Life

#SOL17 Day 27: At This Moment

Tomorrow we return to school after a week off for Spring Break. As I think about the end of a fantastic week and the work week(s) ahead, I’m borrowing today’s format from Maura at A Work in Progress.

Thinking about: All of the fun my family had over Spring Break, how we will manage to get out of the house by 7:30 tomorrow morning, and all of the changes that lie ahead as my school transitions during the rest of the school year.

Thankful for: My kids, my husband Daniel, my parents and brother, my extended family and husband’s family, and the health and security of the life we’ve built.

Wishing For: One more day of Spring Break!

Planning For: Transitioning back to the classroom in the fall, my son starting kindergarten, summer activities, and the rest of my coursework for this semester.

Reading: Right now I’m juggling The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (everyone has been buzzing about this one and so far it’s amazing!) and finishing Understanding by Design for class on Thursday.

Watching: At this very moment, ShrekMoana is also a favorite at my house right now. When the kids aren’t around, I’m obsessed with This Is Us and Daniel and I have been trying to make time to finish The Girl on the Train for about a week.

Listening to: When the kids are around, the Moana soundtrack. By myself, Hamilton. (Lin Manuel Miranda is getting a lot of airtime at our house.) In the car on our drive to and from Chicago, Daniel and I streamed 90s Alternative to try to relive our college days. With Moana playing on the DVD players right behind our heads, it wasn’t quite the same.

Mood: Wistful. Savoring the last moments of Spring Break with my kids and trying to take a few more moments to relax before things get hectic again.

The more I think about this writing format, the more I like it! This would be a great format to use with kids to ease them back from their time off, too!

I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday (and daily during the month of March) in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.

Posted in 2017, Classroom, Collaboration, Literacy, Reading, Reflection, Slice of Life

#SOL17 Day 21: Five Things About Fifth Grade (Part 1)

As I’ve been thinking about my upcoming return to the classroom and placement in fifth grade next year, millions of thoughts have been running through my head. Here are five things that make me excited about this next adventure:

  1. Working to create lifelong readers. I can’t wait to put the right books in the right kids’ hands. I can’t wait to participate in the Global Read Aloud. I can’t wait to work with reluctant readers and (hopefully) reach as many of them as possible.
  2. Teaching writing every day. I’ve had many opportunities to model lessons over the past several years, but there’s something magical about taking a group of kids from the beginning to the end of a unit. (I also can’t wait to participate in the Classroom Slice of Life challenge next March for the first time!)
  3. Creating a classroom that is truly student-centered. I’m so excited to give kids a voice in their own learning and to get to know them as we build a community together.
  4. Implementing and applying all of the learning I have done over the past six years as a mentor. I’ve had so many incredible experiences, worked with some absolutely amazing people, and observed countless classrooms. I hope I can put all of my growth together to create a fantastic learning experience for my students!
  5. My new team! Each of them has fifth grade experience, and not only are all of them fantastic teachers, but all are also genuinely wonderful people. I can’t wait to see what we will accomplish together!

I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday (and daily during the month of March) in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.

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Posted in 2017, Literacy, Read Alouds, Reading, Slice of Life

#SOL17 Day 20: A Shared Book

Knowing that this past week was going to be a bit on the crazy side (and knowing that my mentees, or any teachers in the building for that matter, didn’t particularly want coaching support during a week like this), I filled my calendar for the week with read aloud sessions in several classrooms. My hope was to give the teachers I could get to just a few more minutes to plan and prepare for conferences or lessons or whatever else was on their plate.

In the primary rooms, I shared Ame Dyckman’s newest book, You Don’t Want a Unicorn. The kids cracked up.

In the upper grades, I shared the first two chapters of this year’s Newbery winner, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. By the time I left each classroom, a majority of the kids were on the edges of their seats, hungry for more.

In the second and third grade classrooms, I introduced the kids to the beloved dog Hattie, narrator of the Fenway and Hattie series by Victoria J. Coe. These groups, too, hung on to every word.

Friday, as I wrote about in my previous post, was the final day before Spring Break and anything but a normal day in my school. In addition to the anticipation teachers were feeling throughout the day, it was a half day of school. Nothing normal ever happens on a half day in elementary school.

As I gathered materials to leave my office and go set up our kindergarten room for Breakout Edu, one of the third grade classes I had read aloud to the day before came by. The teacher caught my eye over the heads of her class and said to me with a bit of an apology in her voice, “I’m so glad I caught you…I have a huge favor to ask. K.”–she pointed to one of her students–“went and asked about Fenway and Hattie in the library and they don’t have it. Would you consider letting her borrow your copy?”

She then rushed on to add, “I promise she’ll take great care of it. I won’t even let her take it home.”

It took me less than a second to grab the book from my shelf and pull the student aside. “K, do you really want to read this?” She nodded enthusiastically. “Then please borrow it and enjoy! I’ll write your name down here on a sticky note on my desk so I know who borrowed it, and you may keep it and read it as long as you want. You’re welcome to take it home for Spring Break if you’d like, too.”

By that time, a second little girl was by her side. “Can I read it when she’s done?” she asked shyly. So I grabbed the book back from K, affixed a large sticky note with lines inside the front cover, and added the second student’s name. I then gave K directions to pass the book on to her friend just as soon as she finishes it–and to make sure to keep the list going if anyone else is interested, too.

As the class moved on away from my cloffice, K with my copy of Fenway and Hattie in her hands, my heart was full. My bookshelf may have been one book lighter, but my list of kids I have impacted in some way with my love of reading is two names longer. And you just can’t beat that. Especially the day before Spring Break.

I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday (and daily during the month of March) in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.

Posted in 2017, Literacy, Reading, Reflection, Slice of Life

#SOL17 Day 16: More Than Just a Book

When I first started in my position as mentor teacher six years ago, I was lucky enough to occupy a vacant assistant principal’s office in my building (we weren’t large enough to need a second administrator at that time). As enrollment grow and space decreased, though, I my workspace was relocated–out of the office and into a closet. A cloffice, my principal kindly labeled it.

And so, for the past three years, I have worked in my cloffice in our fourth grade pod. As far as cloffices go, it isn’t too bad–there’s plenty of space for my desk, books, filing cabinets, and a cozy ottoman for people to sit on when they come to talk to me. Climate control and natural lighting are a bit difficult without vents and windows, but it’s nothing a fan and some lamps can’t handle.

The hard part, though, is being tucked away deep inside the school instead of in the office, which we all know is the heart of the building. The fourth grade teachers have been kind enough to take me on as an “honorary” buddy since I’m residing in their storage closet, but many people in the building don’t even know where my space is located. Even though I’m out and about in the building a lot, many days can go by where my time in my office is completely uninterrupted–no one even stops by to say hi.

Until recently.

Back in January, one of the fourth graders from the room next door paused outside my cloffice for a minute when he was on his way to gather his backpack and coat. “Mrs. Valter,” he said. “Did you know I’m working on some poetry?”

I, of course, encouraged him to tell me more. He spent a few moments telling me about the poems he was writing at home and how he had big plans to put them all onto one big poster. I encouraged him to bring them to show me anytime–I would love to read them.

A week or so later, he stopped in again. “Mrs. Valter! Did you know I’m reading Charlotte’s Web? I’m only on chapter six and I don’t even know who Charlotte is yet, but they tried to kill the pig!”

And so, once again, I encouraged him to tell me more. He told me about how he was reading the book because he likes to read but he just doesn’t ever have time to read at home. I shared with him some of my favorite parts from the early chapters of the book and hinted about how much I knew he would love the rest. I made him promise to tell me how the book was going the next time we saw each other.

A few days later, he was back in my doorway again. “Mrs. Valter, did you know Charlotte is a spider?” That time he came on in my office and looked at the books on my bookshelf, asking me if I’d actually read all of them and looking at me in shocked disbelief when I confirmed that yes, I actually have read almost all of them.

Our visits have continued like this for the past couple of weeks–him stopping in my doorway every few days as he travels in and out of his classroom, anxious to tell me about Charlotte and Wilbur and his feelings about the book.

This week he finished Charlotte’s Web and I could tell he was excited to talk about it when he appeared in my cloffice today. He thought hard to make sure he told me all of the names of Charlotte’s babies and protested about how unfair and shocking he found her death to be. He expressed confusion over the way Fern’s role in the story diminished after Charlotte came along. He told me how much he loved the book and that he wished he would have spent more time reading it in the evenings instead of calling his friends on the phone.

As he left, he looked back over his shoulder and leaned in through the doorway a bit. “Hey, Mrs. Valter? I just started reading Lunch Money. Have you read that one, too?”

“Andrew Clements is one of my favorite authors!” I replied without hesitation. “And that book is one of his best. I can’t wait to hear what you think!”

Some people may wonder why I read children’s books, especially since I haven’t been in the classroom for quite awhile. But the truth is, they’re not just books. Sometimes they’re the exact tool we need to build a relationship with a child.

I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday (and daily during the month of March) in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.

Posted in 2017, Classroom, Collaboration, Literacy, Reading, Reflection, Slice of Life

#SOL17 Day 12: An Open Letter of Appreciation to Lucy Calkins

Dear Lucy,

(I hope it’s OK if I call you Lucy–your name is probably the most-frequently-used proper noun at my school.)

Yesterday I had the honor and privilege of attending your workshop on Reading Workshop in grades 3-5. This was an opportunity I have been waiting on for years and an experience that I have been doing a daily countdown toward ever since my district gave me permission to attend. After being lucky enough to spend close to seven hours listening to you share but a fraction of your wealth of knowledge yesterday, I must take a few moments to share my gratitude and appreciation for the influence you have had on me as an educator.

Thank you for your vision of classrooms and schools where literacy, particularly reading, is a top priority. Your emphasis on the impact of time spent reading in classrooms has absolutely been taken to heart, and I simply can’t imagine a classroom in which I don’t dedicate as much time as possible to reading. Every. Single. Day.

Thank you for reminding us that holding kids to high standards also means that we have to hold ourselves as teachers to high standards, too. We can’t just expect students to achieve without putting energy and effort into giving them the best instruction possible.

Thank you for encouraging us to not just teach, but to own what we are teaching. We need to live as readers ourselves and see the world through the lens of what we want kids to do with their own books.

Thank you for speaking to the power of collaboration. I can’t effectively teach reading if I allow my classroom to become an island. Effective teachers work together in a culture of collaboration to problem-solve, analyze student work, and plan lessons that will reach all readers. As I return to a classroom next year, I know I won’t be able to provide the best reading experiences for kids without the support of a strong team.

Thank you for enlightening us on partnerships in reading, writing about reading, utilizing learning progressions, and incorporating nonfiction in powerful ways. I can’t wait to begin the work I will do with the knowledge and ideas I gained yesterday.

Thank you for focusing on the readers, not the books. We all know there are incredible books out there that we can’t wait to share with excited young readers. But we’re not teaching books. We’re teaching children.

Thank you for impacting me as a reader. Those mini-lessons you modeled? They stuck with me. I caught myself last night, as I was reading a bedtime story to my kids, genuinely reading with my “eyes wide open.” I talked to my children differently about the story. And I couldn’t wait to think more deeply about the novel I’m reading myself.

Thank you for adding “ditto sh**s” to my vocabulary. My relationship with the copy machine at school will never be the same. (Don’t worry, I’m going to let the copier down easy with the old “it’s not you, it’s me” line–because it’s true.)

Thank you for showing us how the things we think are difficult are achievable. Even though we struggle with the length of our mini-lessons (OK, sometimes they’re “maxi-lessons”) and getting students to truly converse with one another about their reading, your practical advice and modeling will absolutely help me make some significant and practical shifts in my practices.

Thank you for your honesty and authenticity. To hear you share real stories, real opinions, and multiple perspectives was incredibly powerful. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your acknowledgement of other experts in the field of literacy and your willingness to defer to their work. It was incredibly empowering as a teacher to hear you say your goal for the day was to share new ideas and perspectives with us so we have the knowledge to make up our own minds in our own schools and try new things with our own students.

Thank you for your passion for literacy. Just as you advised all of us to own the skills we want to teach our readers, you were a true inspiration as you stood in front of us and owned your work as a teacher leader and literacy educator. Your knowledge and wisdom surpass all units and programs and materials; you truly are a model of someone who loves what they do and strives to make a difference in the lives of kids.

Thank you for inspiring me to continue growing, to continue putting kids first, and to continue loving literacy.

Until next time (may that be sooner rather than later),

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I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday (and daily during the month of March) in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.

Posted in 2017, Literacy, Reading, Reflection, Slice of Life

#SOL17 Day 11: My Readers

A few days ago, I sat down and reflected on my own reading identity. As I reflected, I realized how much reading is a part of who I am and a part of my family. Over the past few days at home with my kids while they’ve been sick, I’ve been so lucky to not only share stack after stack of books with them snuggled up on my lap, but have also “caught” them both “reading” on their own.

Here are 10 things I love about them as readers:

  1. Though neither one can technically “read” yet, both are absolutely readers. My daughter holds up books and retells the story as she flips through the pictures. My son sits and studies each page, soaking in each illustration and beginning to take notice of the words.
  2. They both love a good trip to the library. We can’t leave without a serious negotiation about how many books each can check out. I usually lose the battle for only 3 apiece (and I don’t mind a bit).
  3. Mo Willems is their favorite author. They adore the Elephant and Piggie series and know to hunt for The Pigeon in every book. Leonardo the Terrible Monster is their absolute favorite book–they both giggle uncontrollably every single time we read it.
  4. My daughter regularly “sneaks” up to her bedroom to sit in front of her bookshelf and pull down the books to read one by one.
  5. My son is obsessed with reading Lego manuals and tries to sneak them into his Pre-K classroom in his backpack to read as he gets ready for rest time.
  6. They just finally reached the age where I can share some early chapter books with them. We recently read the first Mercy Watson book and my daughter was so disappointed that we had to split the book into two nights that the only way she could express her level of frustration was to shout, “I hate that pig!” (She got over it quickly by the next night.)
  7. Bedtime stories are an absolutely non-negotiable part of our daily routine. Even when we’re on vacation, we don’t end a day without reading a book together.
  8. My daughter has started using “book language” when she plays. I overheard her with her Disney Princess castle the other day saying, “‘Can I come in to play?’ said Belle.”
  9. We have some great discussions about the books we share. They are filled with questions and observations and are eager to have conversations about the books they love.
  10. Both of them perceive themselves as readers–and I hope that’s an identity that sticks with them for life.


I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday and daily during the month of March in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.

Posted in 2017, Literacy, Reading, Reflection, Slice of Life

#SOL17 Day 7: My Reading Identity

I am a reader. I always have been and I probably always will be. Reading came easily to me in school and has followed me well into adulthood.

After reading this Slice of Life post from Katie on her blog The Logonauts, I was inspired today to sit down and really reflect on myself as a reader. Who am I? What makes me a reader?

Here are 10 facts about me as a reader:

  1. I’m never without a book. Ever. There’s a book in my purse, a book in my school bag, and a precariously-leaning stack on my nightstand. Every time I finish a novel, I pause for a moment to appreciate it and let it sink in, then immediately begin a new one. I don’t like to begin a day without already being immersed in a story I can’t wait to get back to.
  2. It took me too long to embrace reading children’s books again as I reached adulthood. Yes, I read books that I needed to use with my students, but not with the enthusiasm and appreciation these texts deserved. It wasn’t until I attended the ILA conference in 2016 and sat listening to Donalyn Miller speak about the incredible literature out there for kids and adolescents that I was brave enough to tackle stacks of picture books and middle grade novels and YA again. I haven’t looked back since.
  3. I believe books create connections. I often think about the shift toward ebooks, and while I think these texts have value, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a stranger holding up a book you’ve read or are wanting to read. For shy book nerds like me, seeing a book I love in someone else’s hands is like an open invitation to go outside my comfort zone and strike up a conversation. And this connection doesn’t just have to be in person=-I have connected with so many amazing people over the past several months simply by developing my own reading blog with the purpose of participating in the weekly It’s Monday! What are you reading? challenge hosted by Jen Vincent over at Teach Mentor Texts.
  4. I have great admiration for the authors of the books I read. For awhile, my primary strategy for finding books was to find one I liked, then devour every other title by that same author until I ran out of books. As an adult reader, Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, and Kristin Hannah still cannot publish a book without it ending up on my shelves. Same with Katherine Applegate and Kate Dicamillo in the children’s literature world.
  5. I think sharing books is absolutely essential. For awhile, I was a book hoarder (as in, “my books are special and unless I’ve purchased them through Scholastic, please don’t touch them”). But I’ve come to realize that passing books on is the whole point. Just like travelling alone isn’t usually much fun, reading a book and never connecting with someone else who has read it is a lonely experience.
  6. I want my children to become readers just like me–and it’s going pretty well so far. They’re only 3 and 5, but any visits I make to the library without them have to be stealth operations or else I’m faced with looks of crushing disappointment on their little faces. We end every day snuggled up with a book, laughing and talking together. It is my absolute favorite part of the day.
  7. My favorite books are the ones that are unpredictable. When I reach the middle of a book and can’t put it down because I realize I have no idea how the story is going to end, I know it’s a book that is going to end up on my favorites list.
  8. I can’t fall asleep at night without reading. Even if I’m beyond exhausted, I have to spend a few minutes reading before turning out the light at night. Side effect: I have dozed off and smacked myself in the face with a book more times than I can count. It’s still worth it.
  9. I can read anywhere. I can read in waiting rooms, cars, pretty much anywhere I’m forced to sit for awhile. When I was a little girl, my grandma used to chase me outside during the summer to get some fresh air. I complied–but only if I could take my book with me and settle down on the swing with it for awhile.
  10. Even though I’d label myself a voracious reader, I know I can always improve. Nonfiction is not my “thing.” I prefer realistic fiction over anything else. I definitely have room to grow–and I will continue pushing myself to do so.

As I sit back and think through these revelations, I am reminded again of how important it is to take the time to get to know ourselves as readers and to allow our students to take the time to know themselves, too. It is essential to serve as reading role models to our students and our own children.  Everyone has a reading identity. It’s simply just a matter of taking the time to find it.

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I’m excited to join other writers every Tuesday and daily during the month of March in 2017 to participate in the Slice of Life writing challenge through Two Writing Teachers. Read all about how you can Write. Share. Give. on their website here.