So…I think I am back!!


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)

The Nature Walk

YEAH! …we got to go on the nature walk…or should I say nature writing walk?  My friends were so excited.  Our mini-lesson was about poets observing the world around them…they take notes, or sketch what they see and then they write poems about the “seeds” they found.  I have done this a lot with my personal children and with a fourth grade class but I wasn’t sure how it would go with first graders.  They had a blast.  My friends took it so seriously…they were poets…and proved it!  They had boundries of where they could go and the rule was find a writing spot…sit/lay on your towel and begin observing and writing.  We were outside for thirty minutes.  I didn’t confer with anyone because I wrote too…but they didn’t seem to mind.  They were so actively engaged.  When we returned to the classroom we got in our share circle and everyone turned knee to knee with a partner and shared.  (I knew if I only let a few share today that I would break some little hearts!)  Once we turned back into the circle we talked about what we did as poets today and added to our “What Poets Do”  anchor chart.  Here is a poem by one of my first grade friends:

The Grass by A


A green prickly blanket covers

the Earth

keeping all the bugs and snakes warm

I promised them that writing workshop would be outside again today…I will share some more “nature” poems this weekend 🙂

Day #6…Poetry Challenge

A One Week Poetry Challenge

Today our focus in writing will be that poets observe the world around them.  They write poems about things in nature.  I wrote this poem yesterday morning in my notebook.  I am going to use it as part of my mini-lesson today.  Hopefully it will be warm up enough for my first grade poets to take a nature walk…with notebooks…and write! (I brought beach towels for sitting so this should be interesting!!!)


Early Spring Morning  by Marie



glistens through

the windows


good morning




throughout the house.




We have a yorkie-poo that is almost 8 months old.  He has been a great joy to have around.  He is a very happy puppy and well disciplined…for a puppy anyway.  And…I must mention that he is very spoiled because he is the “baby” of the family!   This evening, as I sat at the computer working on a case study paper for a grad class… he kept coming over and bumping his head (on purpose) on the door of the amour that the computer is in.  I didn’t know what he was doing but honestly it was beginning to get on my nerves.  After about the fifth time that he did it I took him to the door and asked if he wanted to go outside…no that isn’t what he wanted.  After the sixth time…I got up to get him some water and a little treat…no that isn’t what he wanted.  After the seventh time…I asked him to talk to me and tell me what he wanted.  My 12 year old said, “Don’t you know he just wants you to play with him!?”  So, I asked Einstein, “Do you want to play?  Go get purple…(which is what we call one of his toys).  He dashed off to his toy box and got purple…and brought him to me.  Josh was right…Einstein wanted me to pay attention to him and not the computer!  Josh said, “See I told you…his name is Einstein you know…that means he is smart enough to get you to stop working!”   I just had to smile…and get off the computer for a while!! 🙂

Day #1…Poetry Challenge

A One Week Poetry Challenge

This morning my two boys and I went on a nature walk on the path in the woods by our house.  We took our writer’s notebooks…yes my boys also have writer’s notebooks…and we were sketching and writing as we walked.  I sat for about 20 minutes sketching a wonderfully beautiful…majestically tall tree.  I believe it was an oak tree.  As I sketched, I wondered how long it had stood in that same place and what the area around it had looked like…sounded like…felt like through the years.  Before I got up…I jotted down this first draft of a poem:


The Old Oak Tree by Marie Lee


Standing as tall as a giant

Shading the ground with it’s

Branches reaching out to

Kiss the sky

And me,


How old are you beautiful tree?


What wonders you must have seen.

Poetry Friday #1

This is my first Poetry Friday…I am going to try to be faithful and post a poem and response each Friday…at least during the month of April since it is Poetry month…some poems will be originals by me…others will just be poems that spark an intrest or emotion…

A Lighthouse Adventure  by Marie Lee 3-23-08


before dawn

put your

clothes on.

Pack up

the car

drive real


Pull up

on the ferry

…don’t worry…

it’s not scary!

Glide over

the water

to the Outer Banks

of  N.C.

There’s no


what you

might see-


and seagulls


taking pictures

observing the


so majestic

and tall.



Bodie and


what a

wondrous view.

When the day

is done

and night

begins to come

get back in

the car

and drive real


Back home

to your bed

to rest your



full of


of a



 If you like writing poetry…you should enter:

A One Week Poetry Challenge

Check it out at  the fun starts on 4-12-08 🙂

Gotcha Mommy!


Today is my youngest child’s birthday.  He was born 3 minutes before midnight …12 years ago!!!  For tweleve years I have been his daily wake up call…I enter his room…kiss him on the cheek…whisper, “Good morning sunshine” in his ear and then tell him it is time to get up and start the day…it is a very warm and fuzzy feeling when your child wakes up with an …”I love you mommy” and hugs you and plants that juicy kiss on your cheek.  Well that is how it has happened everytime I have given Josh his wake up call…however…today…that is not how it panned out. 

When I entered Josh’s room…kissed him on the cheek…and whispered, “Good morning sunshine…Happy Birthday”  He sprung up in his bed…pushed me away and said, “Eeeeww…mom…DON’T do that anymore…I am 12 you know!”  I couldn’t believe my ears…I was in shock and I said, “wow…well good morning to you too!!??”

I started to walk away …but as I turned to go he yelled, “APRIL FOOLS!!!….Hahahaha…gotcha mommy!”

What a great way to bring a smile back to my face!!!…gotta love them 12 year olds!

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