About Me

I started Enjoy and Embrace Learning in 2008 when I switched grade levels from third to kindergarten.  Franki Sibberson and I were together during a Literacy Connection workshop where I was predicting this grade level switch was coming.  In Franki's usual encouraging way, she suggested a blog to document and share my transition.  That is how this space, Enjoy and Embrace Learning began where I enjoy sharing books and things related to my classroom.

Recently, I started to feel a nudge to create a space where I could organize my thoughts and blogposts focused more on being a writer.  I try to participate in the slice of life weekly posts and for a few years have done the Slice of Life Challenge for a whole month several times.  I love the feel of these posts for a whole month together and often don't post anything else because I feel it would break up the rhythm of how the blog is viewed and read.  I've also enjoyed reading blogs with a slice of life or poetry or celebration focus.  My previous post in these three areas have been moved to Enjoy and Embrace Writing for consistency. I hope you will see the easy link in the tabs and stop by there for a visit.

I began teaching in 1992 in a school where students sat at tables, on the floor, and workbooks didn't exist.  Classroom libraries were filled with children's literature and students were writing books.  Math manipulatives were open and available all the time. There was an abundance of materials to create and share our learning.  It was nothing to have paint out each day for someone.  Murals and group projects were a staple.  Have you ever heard of a stuffed mural and seen them hanging from the ceiling?  Field trips were common for several studies and the arts were alive within the classroom and not just during a special area time.  I left this school to be closer to home but these seven formative years remain in my heart and push me to curve and bend the straight lines I think educators are often offered right now.

I'm currently teaching second grade and have spent my twenty plus years in education teaching grades K, 1, 1/2, 2, 2/3, and 3.  I have taught multi-age classrooms and single grades but if you stop and think about it, a single grade isn't everyone needing the same thing at the same time; which makes education a journey for our students and us as educators.  I have been lucky to have pieces published and videos taped for viewing at Choice Literacy. I've also authored a chapter in Launching Digital Writing in the Elementary Classroom via the Columbus Area Writing Project.  This book is a free ibook, you might want to check it out!.

Thank you for stopping by and joining me on this journey.