Monday Motivators

Day 27  #SOL17  Year 1   Monday Motivators mo·ti·va·tor ˈmōdəˌvādər/ noun plural noun: motivators something that provides a reason or stimulus to do something. “fear is a powerful motivator” a person who promotes interest in or enthusiasm for something.     Many motivators have existed in my life.  Listed below are some I wish to…

Sunday Snippets

#Day 26  #SOL17  Year 1 Sunday Snippets are my way of sharing quick bits, ideas, or words of wisdom gained over my years of life.  Many people share sage advice and this really isn’t that at all.  Just ramblings which may spur thought or a smile. Treat yourself to three to four hours of bliss…

A Red Brick Wall

Day 25  #SOL17   Year 1   A red brick wall of a shirt factory is an important wall in my life.  I can picture it so clearly.  A two-story building on a side street with a step that leads to doorway on the left side that is an entrance/exit for employees.  It was just a…

Establishing Good Habits

Day 24    #SOL17  Year 1   I have decided to take a journey with some old friends, “the Donald’s”.  This is how some true friends of theirs actually referred to them at NCTE one year.  I read their works a long time ago as I was teaching in the classroom.  Now, I have decided to…

Magical Moments

Day 23    #SOL17 Our lives are filled with many magical moments.  They are treasured gifts that warm my heart when I am reminded of them.  The magic occurs as my senses are awakened  with the sounds, sights, tastes, scents or contact.  I relive the event and rejoice in who I became as a person, due…

Inviting them to the Feast

Day 22    #SOL17   After reading Fran McCrackin’s post on her page, pencilonmybackporch.com, I decided to share my blog with others.  Of course, it is in baby steps, but it is a step towards something. I decided to share my struggles and writing with my students. This is the annual week of pain (my descriptors),…

My Addiction (legal, of course, I’m a teacher)

Day 21  #SOL17   Hello!  My name is Chris and I am an addict. It all began about thirteen, fourteen years ago at a local coffeehouse that had just opened.  The place was large, dark, and had a certain appeal.  Well, let’s just say it was my type of place—tea and good music. A coffeehouse…

My Mother

Day 20    #SOL17 This is my first year slicing and am so grateful for twowritingteachers.com  Due to the community they have created I have found somewhere to land and write.   My Mother Her heart large and giving to those in need Her hands Arthritic and sore from the work she enjoys Her life A…

We Teach

Day 19  #SOL17   Surrounded by mounting pressures, we as teachers need to remember why we are in the classroom:   We are needed We are passionate We are loved We laugh We cry We inspire Everyday is different We are there for that one student Who needs us at that moment to be our…

You

Day 18 YOU Poem to my students You inspire me You make me smile You bring joy into my day You matter You make a difference You are a gift You are a treasure You are loved

Insight from a Young Reader

Day 17   Read alouds expose children to stories that develop readers/writers, that instill hope, and that broaden their world.  I use read alouds so that students know what it means to be fluent and lost in a story.  I also use read alouds to share my passion and joy for reading. During the today’s…

5 Favorite Things $$ Just Can’t Buy

Day 16   #SOL17 This post was inspired by Dana Murphy et al.   Posts were created containing 5 of their favorite things.  I thought I would put my spin on it.   5 of My Favorite Things that Money Just Can’t Buy A hug from my niece Julie Hugs are so important.  They provide whatever you…