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Showing posts from June, 2016

Professional Development Book A Day: Part 1

As part of my summer bucket list to-do was to finally read the professional development books that have been piling up over the years. I am fortunate to be part of a district that spends mucho dinero on developing their teachers. Last year we were privileged to have the queen herself (#istalkliteracycelebrities) Kylene Beers, spend the day with us going over her book “Notice and Note” which we received copies of. Then during the 2015 summer, I took part in the Glazer Lorton Writing Institute which hands down has been one of the best learning experiences of my career next to attending the IRA conferences. In two weeks we had presentations from the likes of Erik Palmer and Jeff Anderson just to name a few. And of course- more BOOKS! So to go back to my point: I have books galore and I keep adding to the collection. One recent addition was “The Book Whisperer” by Donalyn Miller. This book comes highly recommend and I wholeheartedly agree. Many things resonated with me and one of those th…

Summer Bucket List: Goal #1

Every summer I have grand plans of what I want to do with 10 WHOLE WEEKS OFF! And without fail, half my plans end up failing to the waist side but I must say, three weeks into Summer 2016, I have my first major goal accomplished. YAY ME... I finally have the blog that I've been thinking of doing for some time up and running with- a post done. 
In all my excitement, I have forgotten to introduce myself. My name is Samantha Moulton (Green for the last 6 months but we teachers know how hard it is to change names) and I am a literacy coach who is finally going back into the classroom. I am going into my seventh year of teaching and the last three were spent as a literacy coach working with our inner city/ urban population hence the name of the blog.   
These babies of mine are legends in the making. My job along with their other teachers, is to channel and harness their creativity and zest for life into the right places. We have to look beyond the rough edges of these pre-teen and teena…