I love teaching and kids. I am passionate about literacy in the primary classroom. I taught kindergarten and first grades for twenty-two years. I recently left the classroom to become a Literacy Coach in a K-5 building. I feel blessed to be in a school in which I learn something new every day. My hope is to share with teachers ways we can bring the joy of literacy in our classroom practice.
I named my blog Joyful Learning in KC because I love Bobbi Fisher book Joyful Learning in Kindergarten. In my first years of teaching, it was my go-to guide. I aspired to be like Bobbi Fisher. She left a comment on my blog, and I almost died!
I continue to blog because of the community I have met from blogging. I have met some amazing bloggers and teachers who I have never met but feel deeply connected to. I had years in my building where my wonderful principal left, and so did the professional develop. I had years where my blog was the only thing that made me feel connected to other educators who cared deeply about best practice.
I blog because I want to be a better teacher. Blogging pushes me to think about my beliefs about kids and my beliefs about teaching. My blog has changed each year because I have changed.
I blog because I want to be a better writer. Writing has always been one of the hardest things for me. I love to talk. I talk way too much. But writing is hard. I work at writing each week, just like I have my students do. Each day, we ask our student's to take risks in our classroom. I take a risk writing each of my blog posts. I wish when I was a child I had the opportunity to learn about writing like we do now.
I blog because I care about what happens in the classroom, especially the primary classrooms. I am fortunate to work in a school system with incredible leaders, and teachers that I learn from each day.
Teaching is hard. We need to be careful in our practice that we stay true to our beliefs about what is best in teaching our children.