Posted on March 13, 2009 by thereadingzone
As my afternoon filed into the room after lunch, one of my students, R (random initial) approached me with an envelope in her hand.
“This is from my mom. She didn’t get to talk to you at conferences, so she wrote you a note,” she said as she handed over the envelope. I thanked her as my mind raced, trying to think of what her mom could need to talk to me about. As she made her way to her seat, I turned toward my desk and opened the card.
After I admired the card (gorgeous!), I opened it up and began to read the note. By the end, I had tears in my eyes. R began the year as one of my most reluctant readers and writers. Her mother was writing to thank me- for helping her to discover the love of reading.
I quickly put the card away, but I’ve already pulled it out to read again tonight. It makes my heart burst.
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Posted on March 12, 2009 by thereadingzone
As I sat on the couch, watching my favorite Thursday night TV shows, I had a sudden craving for cookies. So during the next commercial break I made my way to the refrigerator.
Hmmm…..just a few mint Wegman’s Oreos in here, I thought as I searched shelves. I wonder if we have any cookie mix in the pantry.
Yes! Oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie mix! I grabbed the package, the necessary stick of butter, and a single egg. Looking at the clock on the microwave, I saw that had 8 minutes until The Office started. Could I pop the cookies into the oven by then? Of course I could!
I quickly dumped the bag of cookie mix into my KitchenAid mixer while the frozen stick of butter softened in the microwave. Once the butter was room temperature, it found its way into the mixing bowl, along with a box of raisins I found in the pantry. While the mixer beat the mixture together, I found the cookie sheet and made sure the oven was preheated.
Three minutes until The Office.
Once the cookies were mixed, I quickly began grabbing handfuls of the thick, sticky mixture. Oh no, I forgot to take off my ring! Now I’ll have to clean it later, I scolded myself. But I quickly laid out 16 balls of dough on the cookie sheet and threw the sheet into the oven.
One minute left! I made it! I set the oven timer for 10 minutes and made my way back to the couch. Now, if only the cookies could finish during a commercial break….
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Posted on March 11, 2009 by thereadingzone
As I perused the rack of sunglasses at TJMaxx, I was shocked with what I found. A gorgeous pair of Coach sunglasses……for $15! I immediately snatched them up, thrilled with my find.
TJMaxx is one of my favorite stores. I have to do some digging, but I always find great deals there. Today, I spent a few minutes exploring the shoe section, housewares, bathing suits, dresses, and women’s clothes. I ended up leaving with a pair of Coach sunglasses, Lilly Pulitzer sunglasses, and a peacock Vera Bradley 3-ring binder for my new desk.
Some days I spend 30 minutes digging through the racks at TJMaxx and come up empty-handed. But today was a great shopping day! I left the store, bag in hand, thrilled with my purchases.
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Posted on March 10, 2009 by thereadingzone
As I cleaned my room, I scanned it quickly with my eyes. Anything that would stand out to a parent? I looked over the bulletin boards, made sure I had the chairs set up in the hallway, and the table set up for conferences.
The memoirs! I had forgotten to put them out! I paused for a second, trying to remember where I had put them. Oh, that’s right! I made my way over to my desk and grabbed the large, bound scrapbook. As I walked out to the hall, I flipped through the memoirs. My students did a great job! I was so proud of them and couldn’t wait for their parents to read their published memoirs, mounted on scrapbook paper, and bound in the class memoir book.
I glanced at the clock as I walked back into the room. Only 5 more minutes until my first conference!
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