Julie’s Classroom Assistance

One cold February morning, I walked out and found my car had a flat tire. After a few minutes of panic, and then a few more minutes of shuffling stuff from car to car, we came up with a plan to get all of us where we needed to be with one car; we’d deal with the flat tire later.

That afternoon, after struggling to get the jack and other tools out of the trunk (we had to watch a YouTube video), referring to owner’s manuals, and jumping up and down on the wrench to get the lug nuts off (unsuccessfully), I remembered we had AAA. Fifteen minutes later, the mechanic was kicking our tools out of the way, and using his power tools and expertise to remove the nail and fix the tire, saving us hours of dirty, physical labor and even more emotional frustration.

What does that have to do with this blog? My job as the literacy coach at my high school is to help teachers, just like AAA helps motorists. Most teachers have the skills and strategies we need to get us from here to there, but sometimes we need a little help to fine-tune a lesson, a map from our essential question to our assessment, or a little inspiration to recharge our batteries. Through this blog, I want to provide teachers with their own version of AAA Roadside Assistance.

I’ve been collecting resources and ideas to share for a while, and now I’m ready to take the plunge and make a commitment to blogging. My goal is to provide short, informative posts to inspire and assist teachers of all secondary school classes, with an emphasis on reading and writing.  I’ll hope you’ll join me for ride!

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And a little about me…

Over the last 20 years, I have taught 7th grade through junior college English and reading and I am currently working as the literacy coach in a high school.  In this position, I focus on helping the teachers at my school incorporate more reading, writing, and higher-order thinking into their lesson plans.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our eight-year-old daughter.  We love to be outside with friends at the soccer field, pool, or beach.   My husband has shared his love of Disney World and baseball with us and these are now two of our favorite annual vacations.  Some day, we hope to be able to say we’ve stayed in every Disney resort and have seen a baseball game in every major league stadium!

A Note about TeachersPayTeachers:

I’ve been a seller on TeachersPayTeachers since the summer of 2006.  I posted my lessons there sporadically as a way to share things that went well in my classroom with other teachers, never really expecting to make much money.  Over the last few years, I started to notice more and more teachers were making good money from the site when TpT was posting $20,000 and $75,000 milestones on Facebook.  I decided it was time to start to pay a little more attention to my fledgling “store.”  Since 2013, I have been making a conscientious effort to improve the looks of my store and the quality of my products.  This blog, along with my Pinterest site are both part of my effort to build my store into something more meaningful.  However, I’ve always been an aspiring writer, and as “they” say, “write what you know.”  I do know teaching and I love to write about it, so I’m grateful that TpT has pushed me to share my writing in a more public format.  By design, my blog, Pinterest, and TpT will overlap, but this is not an advertisement for my TpT store–you’ll get a lot more out of this blog than I could ever offer in my store.