So…I think I am back!!

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Wow It has been a LONG while since I have made an entry.  The end of the spring semester was cRaZy for me…taking two grad classes in the spring…and in the first summer session (which is still during the school year) and coaching full time…was way too much to handle for me! 

Since the last time I posted an entry there have been a few changes in my life…

  • I finished up this school year as a literacy coach…but will start next school year as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader!!!  I am soooooo excited about this new adventure!  I will still be coaching teachers…just in a different capacity.  The one thing that I know that I will miss is writing workshop :o(     I will still be able to help children with writing…but they will be 1:1 lessons with struggling readers
  • I worked with four second grade classes during the last month and a half of school…I introduced them to “writer’s notebooks”  You would have thought that I was giving them the best candy in the world!!!  Everyday they were on the edge of their seat to hear my nightly entry…and to see what our next lesson would be.  I have to admit.  I truely didn’t think that second graders would be able to be mature enough about using a notebook… the last time I introduced them to second graders they mostly drew pictures and made lists…  I waited until the end of the year…and treated it like a unit of study…and told them how surprised their third grade teachers are going to be when they share !!  Everytime I saw one of the students in the hall…they would say…I wrote in my notebook already today…or when are you coming to the room …or can I take my notebook to lunch with me…it was awesome to see/feel the joy for writing! (and to see four teachers…new to notebooks…buy into it as much as their students!)
  • I packed up ALL of my staff development stuff that I have developed over the past 5 years…some I had to leave behind for the coach that will be taking my place…some I took with me.  It was kind of a sad day
  • I sorted through all of my read alouds…books that I have purchased over the last 15 years.  I had the help of two first grade teachers and we sorted them by genre…topic…mini lessons…author studies…etc.  It took us over 6 hours!!!  Now I know where all my money has gone!!!  I left my books behind…with these two teachers…knowing that when I want them back I can get them at anytime…I didn’t want them to sit and collect dust in an attic …I wanted them to be loved and used for teaching reading and writing!!
  • I am taking my last class at ECU right now…second summer session… I am sooooo excited because I will finally be able to graduate and get my master in reading ed.   however, school is NOT over for me yet…next year I will travel to Willmington NC to attend class two days a week at UNC-W  I will take a total of 20 credit hours…for Reading Recover Teacher Leader Training!!! 
  • lastly…I now officially have a child who will be a high school freshman…keep me in your prayers :o)
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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kevin
    Jul 08, 2008 @ 13:25:29

    I love how the writing notebook became like a gift that you gave to the kids. That is such a great image. Thanks.
    Kevin

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  2. Jen
    Jul 08, 2008 @ 16:16:27

    wow! what a busy lady! congrats on your becoming a lit. coach- i love ours and use her a million times over the year!
    Do you mind if i link you?

    Reply

  3. debrennersmith
    Jul 08, 2008 @ 16:30:53

    Thanks for the update. http://www.debrennersmith.com

    Reply

  4. girlgriot
    Jul 08, 2008 @ 23:14:15

    Wow! You’ve had a lot going on. Congratulations on your new job and good luck with your HS freshman. How exciting that your students were so thrilled to receive their writers’ notebooks. That’s really encouraging and beautiful!
    –Stacie

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  5. Pati
    Jul 09, 2008 @ 16:46:11

    Good luck achieving your goal of a Masters in Reading Ed. It sounds like you could teach some Masters classes yourself!

    Reply

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