11454297503_e27946e4ff_hAAHHHH!  A whole school PARCC practice test this afternoon.

AAHHHH!  A whole school PARCC practice test after several weeks of indoor recess.

AAHHHH!  A whole school PARCC practice test and two minutes in, one problem in, they are playing with the “tools” even though there is nothing to measure.

AAHHHH!  A whole school PARCC practice test and even I don’t understand what the questions are asking.

AAHHHH!  This was only a practice…the real thing is next week.

AAHHHH!  This was only a practice…the real thing will be spread over five days.

AAHHHH!  End of slice…


SOL Day 2: My Epiphany

11454297503_e27946e4ff_hMy co-teacher was beginning to create her blog and she was considering what to write for her “About” page.

Jill:   What did you write for your about?

Me:  I don’t think I have an about page…(We looked it up.) I guess I do.  I wrote that a while ago…

I was amazed at what I had written over a year ago…It was so generic and only about school.  So much has changed…and so…my “About” page had to change as well…


It has been a full year of blogging for me and throughout this year I have discovered so many new things about writing, and about myself.

This was my original bio:

This is my fifth year teaching and my first as a classroom teacher. I spent my first four years as a Reading Teacher and am thrilled about this move. This year I am co-teaching a third grade inclusive classroom. ( I am the general education half of the co-teaching pair.) We have students of various abilities, backgrounds, and strengths all learning together. We learn together and from each other every day and I look forward to sharing what I learn from the students this year.

Over the course of the last year I have discovered that I am more than a teacher, although I love my profession.  I am more than a mother, even if it is my most important and favorite job.  I am an aunt.  I am a writer.  I am a friend.  I am a woman.  All of these things have come together in this blog.  Through my writing I have discovered more facets of myself and I am so grateful.  When I began this journey I would not have been able to predict how much I would learn about myself.  Let the journey continue…

March SOL #1

     11454297503_e27946e4ff_hSo excited for my second March SOL challenge!


     I was visiting my sister and nephews, hanging out in the living room.    All of a sudden I heard my two year old nephew screaming for me, “Auunnntttt Jennniieee!  Come hereeeee!”  I went running to the other room to find a little boy hanging upside down in his little brother’s jumper.

     “Do you need help?”

     “No.  Me just hangin’ upside down.”  And he did…he just hung upside down for several minutes.  Oh…the brain of a two year old…