Saturday, May 3, 2014

Currently May

I am currently on a plane (I really do love being able to blog from 30,000 feet and it seems to be the only time I have TIME to blog these days!). I am flying home to Texas from my final days in DC.  We had another successful district wide Professional Development day with over 700 DC teachers, coaches, and principals.  So many familiar and kind faces! Thanks DC! Now get out there and get your Running Records teaching on! They are interviewing for someone else to step into the role of Small Group Literacy Professional Learning Designer- and he/she will be fantastic! I have no fear that Small Group Literacy instruction will be alive and well in DC Public Schools for years to come and it was an honor and an immense privilege (that still amazes me) to have been a part of y'alls learning and journey with Guided Reading this school year. One thing I do know for sure. MORE Guided Reading is happening in DC now than it was two years ago and that means MORE students are getting what they need to be successful in years to come!

It is also Currently time to LINK UP! Thanks as always to Farley for keeping us blogging- sometimes its the only blog post we make each month, but we still do it!


Listening: I just love Zac Brown Band. Their music represents summer for me. Knee Deep was my favorite song our last summer in Texas. Island Song (another awesome one) was my favorite song the summer we went to the Bahamas.  Free... Settle Me Down... so many good ones! 

Loving: Spring is finally here in Texas! Jeff made me a new patio to sit on (took out the old deck and put down pavers). It's so pretty and I treated myself to a new patio set. I am pretty sure he will have it all set up for me so I can drink my coffee and do some work (writing Guided Reading lesson plans) on the patio in the morning before our day out on the boat.

Thinking: Usually April/May is NOT a busy time in my line of work (Educational Consulting). However, this year, it is non-stop! I had a couple of weeks off in April, and then the fury started. I keep reminding myself that I only have two more trips and then I can have a two week break.  

Wanting: I love teaching Guided Reading- but I don't always enjoy preparing to teach Guided Reading.  I have to do it- I know I have to do it. The only way to ensure a good Guided Reading lesson is to preview the text, and make good instructional decisions for each book/text/reader.  I am however, dragging my feet getting started. I have a feeling it will be happening on the patio tomorrow morning.  

Needing: I am in desperate need of a day on the boat (not so much looking forward to my bathing suit) but I desperately want a day floating on our anchor line at the sandbar! I want to be out there just after lunchtime and make dinner and come back in my the glow of the moon! I need a day/night on the boat.  

Surprise: My friend Kathy is part of the Educational Consulting world with me. We don't see each other as often as we should, but we have some of the best conversations via text messages and of course we read each other's blogs.  Check out her blog here


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4 comments:

  1. I found your blog through Farley's May Currently. I love Zac Brown too! Do you do a lot of traveling with your job? (If you don't mind me asking.) I think being an Educational Consultant would be a very interesting job. Enjoy your time off.


    Krystyn
    Ms Richards's Musings

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    1. Hi Krystyn. I do travel a lot with my job. Not as much outside of my state (Texas) as I did in years past. It is exhausting. I always feel like something is being neglected when I am gone (my husband, my dogs, my laundry, my clean house etc.) I am home today- laundry is going- and will be on boat with husband when he wakes up! Leaving again tomorrow for another "gig". Hope you'll be back to read my blog! It's all things K-5 Literacy!

      Melissa

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  2. To my Guided Reading Guru friend: Surprise!!! Why yes I am! I'm on your currently? I am behind on reading your blog obviously. Playing catchup tonight. Yes we do have the best text conversations :)

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    1. Kathy,
      It's about time you saw this! I am behind in my blog reading too! About to do another blog post though! :)
      Melissa

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