Thank you Mo Willems

Oh My Gosh you guys!! Mo Willems came out with a new Pigeon book this summer. And I ordered it. And I got to read it to my classes the first day. And the fifth graders loved it even more than Kindergartners. It was amazing!! Older kids, fifth graders were raised on Mo Willems. If … Continue reading Thank you Mo Willems

Checking In

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I took three graduate level courses this summer. I traveled this summer. Three times. We had 14 people stay with us in four different visits this summer. Visits from parents, from in-laws, from children and grandchildren. Warm summer days cooking, laughing, adventuring or simply tossing pebbles into the ocean. I … Continue reading Checking In

Those First Days

It is the first day of school.  I stand there in the lobby, greeting students as they enter.  Scrubbed, sun-kissed, sparkly-eyed kids, excited kids, ready for school.  Nervous parents holding the hands of their five year olds.  "Can I help you?" I ask. "Yes, thanks! Where is Mrs. Berg's room." I smile and I show … Continue reading Those First Days

Ketchikan Perspective

Ahhh.... The prompt word is "tender."  I am late for work but am going to post what first comes to my mind when I think of this word.  Tender. The first word is not the sweet way a mamma holds a new baby, or the way lovers might look at each other.  No.  This time … Continue reading Ketchikan Perspective

Four Prompt Words in Two Sentences, Thank-You-Very-Much

"Ten days," She groaned, "There are only ten days.  I have started some sort of abominable countdown till school starts and we have to go back to work." "Piffle", I reply, all effervescent and shiny, "It has been a glorious summer, long and sunny with all the ingredients needed for kids to come back healthy, … Continue reading Four Prompt Words in Two Sentences, Thank-You-Very-Much

Welcome Back

It is only August 4th.  There are still weeks of summer left.  Of summer, of morning spent reading and writing blog posts. Of sun, of relaxing afternoons reading escapist novels.  Thrillers with no no literary merit - the kind that suck you in and you read in a day.  But something about this rainy Saturday, … Continue reading Welcome Back

Serendipity of the Itchy Kind

When one of the girls came home with lice I was horrified! Just horrified. My entire childhood and the first ten years as a parent I had never heard of a single case. I knew there was such a thing, but I had never seen a louse before.  Had never known anyone that had one … Continue reading Serendipity of the Itchy Kind

To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

My mind swirled with the prompt today.  Exceptional. So many things popped in my head, but one kept surfacing and resurfacing and that is the many exceptional teachers I have worked with over the years. And of those exceptional teachers, one kept floating to the top. Celia E. You see, I was a new, brand … Continue reading To Trekkie or Not to Trekkie

Day One

Day one.  The buses are pulling out of the parking lot, I turn off the lights, lock my door and stagger out to the car.  I call my husband and uttered, "Pizza.  Pizza and wine."  Once home, my head hits the couch and I fall asleep. But in spite of how exhausting it is, I … Continue reading Day One

Getting an “A”

It was the day before the end of a school quarter when we learned that Laura had not turned in a major school project.  Apparently, it was a "partner project" and, Lucky Laura, her partner was a flake. Laura does not like confrontation, but we stood beside her while she called her partner.  As we … Continue reading Getting an “A”