Finding the time to write in a public space has been very difficult and I have been way out the loop and neglecting to read the many blogs I subscribe to. I am very fearful to look at my Google Reader to see all the many neglect blog post. January 3 of this year I started a new position in my school district as the K-5 ELA Coordinator. Since January 3, I have been on a roller coaster and have spent many nights and weekends reading and studying especially with Common Core around the corner. I am very passionate about my new role as I lead a K-5 literacy program into the century which it belongs. I am still passionate about digital, literacy, teaching, and learning and I am very thankful for the many of you have brought me to this place in my life. I am trying to regroup my writing life in an open space for the world to see. My writing may be a little different. My thinking is still the same and I do love what I do.
Today I am learning from Sharon Taberski as she teaches me about simplified, sensible instruction for the K-3 Reading workshop. I find myself teaching other how powerful literacy and the life of ELA Common Core State Standards are when effectively implemented in are Reading and Writing Workshop. I am thankful for people like Lucy Calkins, Don Graves, Smokey Daniels, Jerome Harste, Regie Routeman, Tony Stead, Katie Wood Ray, Carol Burke, the National Writing Project, my fellow bloggers, and the many, many others who constantly influence my thinking. My main task over the next few months is to roll out the implementation of a balanced literacy model and prepare training for 150 teachers and administrators to kick off a year long PD plan in the 2012-13 school year.
Many, many thanks to my PLN! Each of you Rock!