I fell asleep on my couch around 9ish this evening. I was grading papers and got tired, so I turned on the TV, laid down, and well… fell fast asleep. Marc tapped me on the shoulder about an hour later and woke me up. Good thing he did since I realized that not only did I have more papers to go through, but I hadn’t put together the awards for tomorrow’s upper grade Leadership Assembly.
I knew, a couple of weeks ago, which two students would get tomorrow’s award, which recognizes students who show leadership because they learn from other people. However, I didn’t bother to put together their awards until 20 minutes ago!
I grabbed the certificates from my files, took out a black art pen, and started scrawling the inscriptions. Even though it was late (20 minutes ago it was late… not it’s late-r!), I decided to embellish their awards since that’s what I do each and every month. I dumped out a bunch of die-cuts and brads on my desk and started to sort through them to find the perfect ones. 15 minutes later I was finished. It took five minutes to clean up every single brad and die-cut that wanted to stay on the desk or leached to the floor. And now, here I am.
I totally could’ve left the awards without their embellishments, but I just didn’t WANT to.
I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.