Update on Life and the Exciting Changes

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           I started the school year out as a 5th and 6th grade ELA teacher, but I am now a K-8 Reading Interventionist. About the sixth week of school a position opened at another school in our district. After much thought and prayer, I applied for the position. I started my new position in September and have been growing and learning in my new position.

            My day is split and I spend half of the day pulling small groups of students providing tier 2 and tier 3 reading intervention. The other half of the day I spend my time evaluating teachers, conducting benchmark assessments, finding and providing resources for teachers, etc. I have really enjoyed building relationships with all the students and staff at my new school.

           As far as my blog, I will still be posting. I will continue to look for and create resources to share with all my readers. I also post on Facebook and Twitter and will be adding You Tube to the mix within the next month or so. One of my favorite teaching strategies is creating hand movements to help students remember vocabulary. I will be creating videos of the "hand-signals" created by myself and students over the years. Let me know if there are other videos you would be interested in viewing as an educator.

Happy New Year

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Academic Word Finder Tool...Achieve the Core

         Achieve the Core has great resources for teachers. I am highlighting their Academic Word Finder tool. You will need an Achieve the Core account, but it is free. This tool takes any text and identifies 


     It is simple to use. You paste an text up to 20,000 words into the tool. Then select the grade level of the text.

   Then you will be prompted to add the title, author, and notes about the text. I only fill in the title and author.

       The site then produces the story with the words identified underlined. As well a  list of identified tier 2 or academic vocabulary words with part speech, meaning, example sentences and grade level. You are able to sort the list in below grade level, on grade level, and above grade level. You can also sort it in order of appearance, alphabetical, or grade level.

     The tool save your lists as well as allows you to print and email the lists. The Academic Word Finder is a great time saving tool. Check it out and let me know what you think or how you will use it in your classroom.


2015-2016 Classroom Pictures

    We have been back to school since August 5th, but I haven't found the time to share my pictures of my room. I've finally found a moment to share.


    Thank you for stopping by and checking out my classroom. Hope you have a wonderful school year!