Back in the Saddle - with an announcement!

Yee-haw! Right?

Right. :)

I have to confess, I had to step away from all things teaching for a little while.

This year kicked me in the tooshie and I was not in a happy place.


I have spent the weekend with my mama and all is well.

She would kill me. In a heartbeat.
Mama, The Sisters and Me :)
Am I the only one out there?

I have just felt "blah" - no desire to blog or create or promote. Nada.

It scared me.

I don't want to be one of "those" teachers - you know, the rocks. The boulders. The ones who WON'T MOVE, WON'T RETIRE.

So I took a break.

And I feel more like me. :)


I do have a fun announcement!

I've joined a group of AMAZING and FABULOUS bloggers to create a summer book study with The Cafe Book and The Daily 5.

I cannot wait. Our district is encouraging teachers to try a two hour "literacy block" next year and I really want to use CAFE and the Daily 5! I was able to use bits and pieces last year, but I am so excited to see how we will all work together to paint a picture of how it might look in our upper elementary classrooms. 

Make sure you join the blog created by Lorraine @ Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies so you can follow along!

We Read, We Blog, We Teach

We'll start July 1st - so make sure you have your copies!To help you with that, I'm giving away one copy of each book right here!

In order to enter, you must be a follower of this blog and We Read, We Blog, We Teach. I'm also including additional entry options when you follow all of my fellow contributors!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you'll join us - it's going to be so much fun!


  1. Hi!
    I found your blog through Pinterest. :) I don't know how long you have been teaching, but after 15 years, I know something about the blahs. Hang in there! You'll find your way back.
    I've been doing Daily 5 for three years now and added my tweaked version of CAFE this past year. My ELA block is a little over 2 hours. I'd be happy to swap ideas. :) Enjoy your summer!

  2. There are always going to be times of blah. Recognizing it and moving forward is hard, but it is what makes you a good teacher. The Rocks and Boulders don't recognize it anymore.

    Enjoy your book study. I love both books (but will only be teaching Math next year). Maybe I can join the study anyway since I've used and implemented the books?

    Fun in Room 4B

  3. Welcome back!! Having time spans of being blah is absolutely normal. It's been one of the toughest years for me too since I can remember. I've been hearing that from a lot of my teacher friends too. Enjoy the summer & hopefully it will be refreshing for you! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. I agree- the blahs come and go. Glad you are feeling better!

    I have had a 2 hr literacy block since I began teaching (this will be my 9th year). It is awesome! I did about 30 min of whole group (sometimes less) and the rest centers. I was able to meet with every student every day just about.

    Every New Beginning

  5. i love your page and your giveaway....!! i just entered...im your newest follower drop by =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  6. I have no idea how to follow or enter anything...but I have both of the books and started The Daily 5 in my 2nd grade room this year. However; I will be moving to 3rd grade next year and I'm not sure how The Daily 5 looks in a higher grade level. I would love to be part of the book club. My e mail is abb_2004@yahoo.com