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Slice of Life: Celebrating True Gifts on My Birthday

Every year my mom made the best cupcakes for my birthday celebration at school. There was always a theme to how she decorated them. Usually spring, sometimes Easter or a favorite sport. This year

Slice of Life: Pros and Cons

Leave it to Franki Sibberson to create a logo of a quote you said and text it to you while you are still presenting …. talk about intimidating. My first response was, “Did I

Slice of Life: Agreeing to Disagree

We want this to feel like home. We want you to see your mom whenever you want to see her. You can come and go as you please. You will need this key to

It’s Monday! We Have Been Reading About Super Readers

We couldn’t wait to get our hands on this book as soon as we heard Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell (along with Kylene Beers and Kwame Alexander) speak at NCTE this fall. In their

Slice of Life: Adjusting with the Times

My family has always connected around games. Rainy days filled with Ticket To Ride, Stratego and Risk. Winter storms allowing for marathon Monopoly and Scrabble games. We used to sneak in a game after

Slice of Life: I Hope They Will Know…

Slice of Life: I Hope They Will Know…

Moving In Day A car In the driveway A light In the house A face In the window     It has stood empty Dark Cold Stagnant For eight months     He gets out of the car We make eye contact I know I should walk over I know I should shake hands I know I

Slice of Life: Grief Reveals You

Slice of Life: Grief Reveals You

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars I came across this quote when I was searching for quotes about change for a new book Tammy

Slice of Life: Is Planning Joyful??

Slice of Life: Is Planning Joyful??

I love getting up early in the morning. The house is quiet. The coffee is hot. I light candles and set myself up to think. Some days I read, some days I write, and

Slice of Life: Gradual Release of Driving

Slice of Life: Gradual Release of Driving

He’s going to get his full license in less than two months. You might want to drive with him. I know. He really is good. It’s not that. What is it?  I don’t think I can handle getting in

Slice of Life: Snapshots

I was setting up a gallery walk (or carousel strategy) of poems for a professional development session. As I was looking through poems and choosing some to display to inspire conversations about craft and