celebrate link up

Today I join Ruth Ayers and the CELEBRATE community.  So I celebrate!  I celebrate the opportunity to share my life and the wonderful things that are happening to me.  I’m also looking forward to hearing your good news.  Secondly, I am also celebrating my  beloved husband’s birthday.  Happy birthday Joe!


The Retelling

I took this picture during a classroom observation in a Transitional Kindergarten classroom. After hearing and discussing the story “Friends at School” the teacher guided the students through a retelling of the story. Using different color markers the students worked in groups of 3-4 and drew the characters on the bus . In their cooperative groups they used the language of negotiation to take turns, they discussed the characters in the story to add details, and they made revisions to their drawing. The teacher closed the lesson, gave the students feedback, and had the students self assess their work.

From the Start

From the Start

The love of books!

While I believe it is never too late to fall in love with books and reading, the earlier children fall in love the better. From the very beginning children begin to make meaning, build vocabulary, and build content knowledge as they look at the pictures, read or listen to the text read to them, and discuss what they see and what they hear.

On a beautiful Saturday morning Brooklyn and I read the classic picture book, Clifford The Big Red Dog. During the picture walk Brooklyn turns the pages. On one of the pages she pauses, looks at me, and says, “she sleeping, she tired”. On another page she yells “lion” and then proceeds to roar like a lion. Each time, I acknowledge her meaning making and when possible I elaborate, adding to her vocabulary and extending her meaning.

No sooner do we come to the end when she gleefully screams, “AGAIN!”

Excited to be back!

Wow, this is the first year I had a whole three weeks off for winter break!  While I loved having the time to spend with my family and friends, I missed the students and the staff.  Of course I hit the ground running on Monday morning and I have not stopped since.  Many of you know the job of a principal starts the moment you open your car door and doesn’t end until you turn the car on in the evenings to go home.  Sometimes, after I turn off the night-light.

I have to say, that first week back was physically challenging.  I was exhausted!  But, teaching and learning is the work that I have wanted to do my whole life.  This is what I’m passionate about.  I feel very grateful to be a part of this wonderful learning community.

The students and staff were excited to see me with my new camera, a Christmas gift to myself.  They gladly posed and allowed me to play at amateur photographer.  I tried to capture a few small moments from our day.  Moments that express the importance of our relationships and the secret to success.  Enjoy!


Playground Chatter

Three Amigos


Cute in his new hat.

Going home!




New Beginnings

Like most of you, I too have set out to try some new things in 2012!  With this blog I hope to combine my passion and commitment for education and a couple of goals/hobbies that are on my bucket list, photography and writing.  I got the idea from a relative and fellow blogger.

Through photographs I will attempt to share with you the ins and outs of my life as a principal and my thinking on teaching and learning.  I have been in education most of my life, as a student, as a parent, and as an educator.  I knew from a very young age that teaching and learning was my life goal.  I know first hand the power of an education! Today, I am as in love and actively engaged in providing ALL children with a quality education as I ever was. I feel privileged to be a part of such a great profession!

As for photography well, I have always had a yearning for developing my creative interests.  But, I never felt very “talented” in any medium.  Then, I read Carol S. Dweck’s book,  Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, and decided to practice what I preach, a growth mindset.  No one is born knowing, it takes desire and effort to learn something new.

This January I went out and bought myself a camera that I had my eye on.  I have been playing with it ever since and can’t wait to use it at school on Monday. Eventually I want to take some classes,  if you have any recommendations please let me know.

I hope you will share you thoughts with me and give me feedback.

Here’s to NEW BEGINNINGS.  Happy New Year!