Hi everyone! I hope you all are having a great weekend! I am just sitting here avoiding writing sub plans for Tuesday-Friday. I'll be out of the building because I have to represent our school at a professional development at another CPS school. Normally, I would be furious that I have to miss 4 days of school because sub plans are such a pain - I know you know what I'm talking about! But, even though I'm not thrilled about being away from my kids for 4 days, I am so excited about this professional development! This week, I get to work with....Drum Roll Please......Smokey Daniels and Stephanie Harvey!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am for this opportunity! There are about 20-30 teachers who will get to have this opportunity and from what I know half of us will be spending time in small groups with Stephanie Harvey and the other half with Smokey Daniels. If you haven't read Strategies That Work by Stephanie Harvey, I highly recommend it for some summer reading! We are also required to read Mini Lessons for Literature Circles by Smokey Daniels. I've gotten through part of it, and it's super helpful, practical, and a quick read! During this "institute" we will be watching teachers teach lessons from the Strategies book and then I think debriefing with the experts. I. Can. Not. Wait.