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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a vacation full of rest, relaxation, and time with family and friends.

Instead of a New Year's Resolution, have you heard about picking one little word to capture your goals and hopes for 2018? You can check out this post about choosing a power word instead of a resolution. I think it's hard to pick just just one word! My family chose the word "gratitude" for our one little word. Today we created a gratitude jar that we will fill with slips of paper during the year with our grateful moments. I got the idea from a friend who filled a jar with all of her grateful moments throughout the year and then spent the last day of the year rereading all of her special memories. I'm thinking I personally also need a word like "present". Like most of you, I'm always thinking of the million things I need to do. I'm hoping to slow down in 2018 and try to be "present" in each moment. What would you pick for your one little word?

I hope 2018 is off to a fantastic start for you!


The Best Books of 2017

These are just a few of my favorite books from the year. It was hard to pick just one in each category!
One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to read all of the best book lists!

If you are looking for some new read alouds, check out these recommendations!

Fiction Picture Books

Nonfiction Picture Books

Early Readers and Chapter Books

Middle Grade Novels ~ Fiction

Poetry and Novels in Verse

Graphic Novels

New Ideas for Literacy Instruction

Shared Reading in Small Groups: Supporting Struggling Readers

This blog post on the use of shared reading (close reading) in small groups to support struggling readers left me thinking a lot about the balance between guided reading and shared reading in our small group instruction. The author has ideas for both primary and upper elementary classrooms. I'd love to know what you think of this post!

6 Myths About Kindergarten Literacy Instruction

I would highly recommend this post to all primary grade teachers. I think we all agree that literacy instruction should be differentiated, engaging, playful and joyful!

Support for Writing Workshop

Don't Skimp on the Compliment

A great post on the importance of our compliments during a writing conference. Stacey Shubitz shares some great examples and sentence stems!

Four Methods of Conferring

This post has great ideas to support your writing conferences.

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School