Currently: Slice of Life 16/31 #sol17

watching        Community, The Voice, Smallville, Gilmour Girls, March Madness listening         to podcasts! All the Books, This American Life, Reply All, Freakonomics appreciating   my mom, who did my grocery shopping today so that I don’t have to loving              cat #7, Zorro, my son’s rescue, who’s now a teenaged kitty & full of joy eating             …

Eighth-Grade Math: Slice of Life 15/31 #sol17

Here’s what I remember about eighth-grade math: failing and having to take it all over again in ninth grade. I started struggling with math as early as fifth grade, but it wasn’t until eighth grade that I internalized the message of all those bad test grades, all those years of frustration tears over math homework:…

Wishing You More Whimsy and Joy: Slice of Life 14/31 #sol17

Today’s post is inspired by Katherine Sokolowski and the incomparable Amy Krouse Rosenthal.   Fifteen minutes before class. I had my rolling cart ready. Stacks of chapter books for our read-aloud practice. Stacks of nonfiction picture books for book talks and independent reading time. Today’s read-aloud selected. (David McPhail’s The Teddy Bear, if you’re curious.) Handouts…

Small Gratitudes: Slice of Life 12/31 #sol17

Waking up early and having an hour or two alone Constant cat companionship Interlibrary loan books Fingerless gloves Yoga in the morning before anyone else is awake Latte art Coffee cake Gummy vitamins Moleskine notebooks Pilot Precise pens Lemon slices in iced water A heavy box from Amazon A Thunder game recorded on the DVR A…