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Monday, August 6, 2012

Made it Monday and a Trip to NYC

Hello all-

This week I report to you live from NYC and the Teachers College Reading Project at Columbia University.  I am SUPER excited to be here and to learn the inside scoop on Reading Workshop.  As usual, I do a version of Reading Workshop in my classroom-I call it the Damien Version.  However, I am thrilled to see what the Pros say.

Now-I live in NJ, a bridge/tunnel ride to the city,  but have chosen to stay in a hotel in the city.  It eases the commute, allows me to take in a museum or two, and a Broadway show (I hope!).  I have been to the city a million times but have always avoided the subway.  I much prefer to walk or take a taxi but it was time to bite the bullet and ride the subway.  Today was day one, and to be honest, it wasn't that bad (knocking on wood).  I LOVED spending the day with some teacher friends from different schools in my district and can't wait 'til tomorrow.  Today was just the introduction but I have learned so much and the wheels have already been turning for changes in my classroom for Sept.  I can't wait to tomorrow to dive in and roll my sleeves up.  (I'll keep ya posted)

Time for my MADE IT MONDAY!

This week I have taken the behavior chart I have seen everywhere, seriously everywhere, and have given it a little...
 Harry *Magic*

Take a Look: 
The star boarder is courtesy of Graphics by the Pond and the ADORABLE clipart
comes from My Digi World

Hopefully your class this year will land on these sections often!

Unfortunately, we've all had a Malfoy or two!
Don't ya love it!  You can get it here: Harry Potter Behavior Chart at The Reading Buddies TPT Store

I have many projects in the works at home (my dining room hasn't seen a dinner plate since July).  I hope I will have some of my creations to share with you next week. 

Happy August!


  1. I did that workshop in July and it was fabulous! They have so many great ideas to share. Have fun on the subway ;)

  2. Sounds like a great workshop to attend! Great job with the Harry Potter behavior chart!!

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  3. There is so much to think about! I am not new to the idea of a Reading Workshop approach and consider my ares of teaching expertise to be Reading. However, the folks at Columbia have given me a ton to think about and it is only day 2.

    I've begun to hit panic-mode wondering what I should change, what I should get rid of, and what I need to add to my classroom. Of course this comes with the COMPLETELY unrealistic idea that I will have it all planned before the kids arrive in September.

    I am meeting a friend also taking the workshop for dinner on the Upper West Side tonight. I can't wait to get our think-tank session on. I hope her husband brings a book. :0)

  4. I love Harry Potter! And if my kiddos did too, I'd be ALL over that!

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings