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Connections are the Key!

Welcome to the new year!  I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a great start.  I know that, for me, this year is the start of many new and exciting adventures, both personally and professionally.  As many of you know, last year was quite a devastating year for me, and BOY!…did I ever learn […]

Welcome….to your best year!

Can you believe it is August and time for school to start?!  This time of year always excites me.  I am one of those people who still gets giddy about buying new school supplies, and I don’t even have a classroom anymore.  This year, I am more excited than I have been in a while.  […]


Since it is July—the month of fireworks and freedom celebrations—I thought it would be a good time to also celebrate FREADOM! You know….freedom to read…whatever you want. Summer and Freadom are special to me personally because (as you will remember if you read my previous post “A Word from a Rebellious Reader”) the summer of […]

The Power of a Question

In the past year, there has been one topic that has kept creeping up in my magazines, books, and thoughts. The topic has also been one of the most widely requested topics for professional development that we have gotten this year. What’s the topic? (drum roll please)….Questioning. What’s interesting is that the kind of questioning […]

A Pep Talk in the Season of STAAR

With the first rounds of STAAR testing over, we want to extend a virtual high-five to all of the teachers, principals, and students out there.  We know that your hard work is going to show.  In this season of STAAR, we want to remind you that YOU are AWESOME with this pep talk from Kid […]

A Reader is Born!

Sometimes things happen that remind me what is important in this world.  One of those things happened to me this week.  I got home about 10:00pm on Monday night and was getting ready for bed when my phone buzzed.  I looked and saw that it was a text message from my sister-in-law.  I opened the […]

2014 Reading Resolutions

Well, it is a full two weeks into the new year and most of my resolutions have already been -shall we say–revised.  Keep in mind…I said MOST, not ALL.  My reading resolutions are still on track.  I resolve to read more books this year than last year and to include more classics in the mix. […]

Reader’s Notebook…Do real readers use them?


I must admit…I was a big hypocrite for a long time. I sang the praises of using a reader’s notebook with students but never actually used one as a “real” reader in “real” life until a few years ago. Actually…2012 was when I began keeping a reading notebook. I was on vacation, and had finally […]

Summer Reads

Summer is slowly coming to an end, and I can’t help but think about lazy summer days as a kid. I remember endless days of sleeping late, summer camps, and vacations. While I don’t get those little luxuries anymore, I find myself creating my own summer escape by overwhelming myself with books. Currently, I have […]

Listen Up!

Summer is here! For us here at Region 10 that means lots of driving to provide training in districts. For me, this means that the “season of audiobooks” has arrived!! With the right book downloaded, I can be tranquil in the most frustrating traffic jams. So, for those of you who are also audiobook lovers, […]