Back in the Saddle Again…

After a long hiatus from my blog, summer is back and so am I!

It’s been an incredibly busy school year, with taking four graduate classes and helping to design a new one, but the most amazing news contributing to my busy life is that I am heading back into the classroom this fall to teach first grade!

After dedicating my professional career exclusively to literacy coaching for the past eight years, it is time for me to return to a classroom setting.  I feel passionately about coaches cycling back into the classroom every so often and when this opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t refuse.  (And as an added bonus, I’ll be cutting my commute by about 40 minutes each way).

This summer I’m taking a graduate course on family and community involvement and I’m wondering, teachers, what are some successful ways you have found to engage families in your classroom community and parents, what are some ways that schools have included you in your child(ren)’s learning that you have appreciated?

I’m so excited to begin this next chapter of my professional journey!


This summer I’m again participating in the #bookaday challenge.  Today’s book is What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom (Compendium, Inc., 2016).


I own their other book, What Do You Do with an Idea? and was anxious to read this one.  It’s the story told from the child narrator’s perspective, but it can easily be applicable to anyone of any age.  It’s the story of what happens when a problem follows you around and just won’t go away.


I love that one of the messages in this book is that problems can actually be opportunities in disguise!  This book would be a great read aloud for setting the stage to problem solve classroom conflicts or as a gift for someone who’s going through a difficult time and needs some encouragement.

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