Day Seventy-Five…

After a 4:00 AM wake-up, two flights and a shuttle I am here in St. Louis. I came with my colleague and friend to learn from the best educational researchers our country has. I am blessed to be here, and I am up for the challenge of all the learning ahead:

I am blessed, but I’m also on a budget. So, like a squirrel hoarding nuts for winter, I hoarded the snacks from the plane. So that if I need a little something to tide my hunger over I was prepared:

Hunting for Snacks
Almonds 4sp; Biscotti 4sp; Kind Bar 5sp; Snyder’s Mini Pretzels 1sp

I didn’t eat while traveling because I was a little nervous. By the time I checked into the hotel, I was very hungry. Lunch was delicous:

I didn’t use all the dressing, and I think there was probably 1 1/2 oz of chicken there were a few slivered almonds mixed in – I counted it as 5sp

So, I feel like I have a good handle on how things are going so far. We are about a 15 -20-minute walk from the convention center so, I’ll be getting in my activity.


Thank you for reading and for all the support to ore tomorrow…


Day Seventy-Four…

I am all packed and as ready as I can be to go to the National Council of Teachers of English (#NCTE17) annual conference in St. Louis Missouri. I am ready to learn a lot and make professional connections that will help to push my teaching forward.

I love everything about learning because it is a chance to see the world in a new way. Working with children is a privilege and I am so fortunate to get to teach them to how to read, write, discuss, and think about themselves and the world around them. Better, I get to learn from their perspective too. I believe great teaching is reciprocal. I’m as much a learner as they are. I think that is why I’m drawn to this blog. This blog is a vehicle for reflection and reflection is how we learn. If I were to go through life thinking I already have all the answers then, I think I would be missing the point.

I was thinking about my last post, and some advice I received from my friend, Rose. I was sharing how I was not able to get to my spin class, and Rose reminded me that there were more ways to get in the exercise just grab some sneakers and go. She was so wise to remind me not to get stuck on missing a spin class. I think that’s how I get myself in trouble. I think when I make my routines too rigid I turn my journey into a good/bad thing.  Have you ever said this, “I was so bad today.” or “I was so good today.”  I’m learning that this kind of fixed mindset is counter-productive for me. So, I’m working on that.

I am not the kind of person who can just go it alone on this journey. I need a tribe. I need a friend who will lend her perspective when I need a fresh take on things. So, truly thank you for reading.

I’ll be blogging on Central Time…