Monday, November 29, 2010

It's That Season!

May I just say that I highly recommend Germany & Austria during the holidays!
Just returned from a whirlwind week of travel, and yet feel ready to tackle these
last few weeks before Christmas.  Here's  hoping you do as well!  It seems to be the time for
reflecting, setting goals, and appreciating the simple joys of family and home.
Keep in mind the gift of what you do for a living.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bathed in Oral Language

At a recent training I appreciated the statement that we should be,  "Bathing our students in oral language."  In order for our students to write something great, they need to HEAR something great!  We must remember to give our students the tools to practice their craft.  This should involve reading high quality literature with students; modeling the writing process for them; and allowing time for oral processing through conversation.

And now,  Off to sharpen my pencils!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fasten Your Seat Belts!!!

Nearly a MONTH between posts is simply NOT acceptable Miss McCrary!  Since no one is talking TO ME, I'll talk to myself!  Is anyone else hanging on by their well-manicured TOENAILS???  Between trainings, testings, parent conferences, grades, meetings, and is your PLANNING coming?  That's the part that I feel suffers when I'm flying by the seat of my pants.  You too?  I'm working on getting hold of my time management.  My new mantra is ONE DAY AT A TIME.  Take a deep breath.  What must you accomplish TODAY?

I've gotta go breathe now.  And blow my nose.  Then sleep.