That Moment

That moment. That moment when she ushers you down the never ending hall speaking in a barely audible hushed tone, explaining that the doctor will be in shortly. That moment. That moment when you cautiously settle into the worn, outdated couch and can almost feel the anxiety, pain and fear of the women who have … Continue reading That Moment



This picture was taken because I wanted to play around with the golden hour lighting and get some practice with manual settings on my camera.  My daughter just wanted to wear her ballerina costume again and dance in the fields.  This picture is one of my all time favorites of her and beautifully captures her … Continue reading Glow

Letting Go by Kim Hole

I am honored to have had this post published by the Nerdy Book Club. Sometimes we need to let go and trust our gut to do what is best for our students.

Reading Contract Intermediate Grades 17-18

Reading Contract Primary 17-18

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Reinventing Intervention. This statement described my goal this past school year. After 7 years as a K-6 reading specialist I knew things had to change. I had just sent 6th graders off that started with me in kindergarten, those student who for various reasons needed on-going reading support. In 7 years those students’ views of reading, the value it held in their lives and the way they saw themselves as readers had not changed. The negative view they had towards reading was an enormous barrier to their growth and I realized removing that barrier had to be my highest priority, before we could get to the mechanics of reading. I knew what I had to do, but the big question left was HOW?

I started simple, I let go. I said goodbye to our reading calendars. When I started this role I firmly believed that in order to ensure…

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Evanescent- Weekly Photo Challenge

I recently had 24 hours at the beach all by myself (not an easy feat with 4 kids).  I spent sunset wandering the shore with my camera at the ready.  It was the first time I was able to watch the beauty of an entire sunset unfold completely uninterrupted and undistracted.  The way the light dances, … Continue reading Evanescent- Weekly Photo Challenge

What is it about a board book?

So there I was, standing in Barnes and Noble, in front of a stocked shelf of board books, trying to remind myself that I was here on a mission, in and out. It wasn't working.  I only needed a Duck and Goose book for my son's first birthday party and yet I couldn't seem to … Continue reading What is it about a board book?

Make or Break

I purposely divided my posts into raising readers and literacy learners because I felt both of these topics were ones I was passionate about, but would appeal to different audiences (and if you know me well I am a little crazy about organization). As I sat down to write this post tonight I am reminded … Continue reading Make or Break