T.O.T.Week: advice books that aren’t advice books

This will probably surprise no one, but I am not very good at asking for help. Color me invincible, I’d like to think. Meanwhile, I cajole and assure my fourth graders that there is never shame in asking for help, that it’s a sign of strength. So, I need to practice what I preach, right?Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: advice books that aren’t advice books”

T.O.T.Week: hiatus

Hello, hello! It’s been a while since I wrote a post for the blog, and if I’m being honest, I kind of the break. I had always promised myself that this was a passion project, meant to be fun, and never meant to feel like homework. So, while May and June were a beautiful whirlwind,Continue reading “T.O.T.Week: hiatus”

T.O.T.Week: root (root) for the underdog

I did something completely unexpected this weekend! I went to a Red Sox game. Then, I did something even more unexpected! I posted about it on my Instagram story. It is at this point that I should probably mention two things (1) that sports aren’t really my vibe, and (2) that I never really postContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: root (root) for the underdog”

T.O.T.Week: the art of the craft

My mother is my biggest fan. Okay, wait, she’s also my sister Lacy’s biggest fan. And, yep, she’s also my brother Cory’s biggest fan. Well, also, she’s my brother Rory’s biggest fan. Now, before my father starts to feel left out, I might remind him that this is a Mother’s Day post… and we’re celebratingContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: the art of the craft”

T.O.T.Week: best friends

Nothing is more important to a ten-year-old than having a best friend. This is the golden ticket for opportunities like inside jokes, matching outfits, and in the year 2022, FaceTime chats. Spring fever has hit my classroom, and the social dynamics are front and center. I hate to stereotype by a binary gender, yet fromContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: best friends”

T.O.T.Week: our earth

I had enough to worry about in my first year of teaching. Creating curriculum, honing in my personal teaching philosophy, drafting parent emails, making about a million split decisions in the matter of a morning. Then, a mere twelve hours before it would all begin, the turtles were wheeled in. Yes, turtles. Part of theContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: our earth”

T.O.T.Week: running

The energy on Marathon Monday is infectious, and everyone catches the runner’s high. The smell of sweat takes its permanent hold on Boylston Street all the way to the finish line at the Boston Public Library (see – it always comes back to books!) Juice bar and protein powder pop ups are consumed by thoseContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: running”

T.O.T.Week: libraries and librarians

I love libraries (I literally wake up facing the southeast corner of the Boston Public Library), yet their pull on me remains mysterious. Allow me a moment to explain. I grew up with three siblings and a whole bunch of cacophony constantly circling me as I read my Babysitter’s Club chapters. I’ve grown up withContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: libraries and librarians”

T.O.T.Week: oscar stories

I think a good teacher always appreciates a challenge, and my bread and butter are the reluctant readers. Nary will I pass up an opportunity to hunt down that story that will grab the attention of the kid who ‘hates reading.’ In my opinion, kids don’t really hate reading… they simply haven’t found the rightContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: oscar stories”

T.O.T.Week: jacqueline woodson

It’s spring break friends, and I’m getting wild! And by that, I mean that I am switching it up and providing a samepage thematic viewpoint, but through the works of one author! I thought it would be interesting to explore the common thread from a woman who has written them all – picture books, middleContinue reading “T.O.T.Week: jacqueline woodson”