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Hey there, thanks for stopping by BigTime Literacy! I'm Michelle, the writer behind this blog. I LOVE teaching, and after three years of being outside of the classroom as a Literacy Coach, I'm so excited to get back *in the classroom, teaching kids and coaching teachers, too!

I am a middle school teacher at heart. My first six years of teaching were in Phoenix, Arizona in sixth grade, all content areas. I finished my Master's degree (ASU!) in 2009 and then moved to Chicago, where I found a 7th-8th grade looping ELA position (just west of Chicago). I loved that position, and was able to apply all that I learned in grad school with 7th and 8th graders for four years.

Then I transitioned to Literacy Coach at an elementary school. I learned so much about primary literacy development in a K-5 school. The teachers I worked with at Emerson where so amazing to collaborate with, allowing me to learn all about how our youngest kiddos become readers and writers. I'm forever thankful for the perspective and knowledge I've gained working in an elementary school.


But then, the dream job came to be when a teaching & coaching position became available back in the middle school I was in prior to Emerson, so I'm going back, but now to teaching a 7th - 8th grade Reading-Writing workshop and one section of a special area class on Challenge Based Learning. Then, I will have 2 or 3 additional blocks to coach each day.

I have wanted to be a teacher from as young as I can remember, playing school in my basement with neighbors and cousins and the extra "dittos" my teachers would let me take home. It wasn't until I started teaching that I realized it's the *relationships I get to build with kids, their families, and the teachers working around me that keeps me coming back. People are so important to me, and their stories, experiences, and passions can allow me to facilitate powerful literacy which enables students to use their passions to change the world.

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to follow with Bloglovin' and let's collaborate! Love to grow my PLN here, on Twitter, and Instagram, too :-)


Peace,

10 comments:

Denise C said...

"I didn't really know what I was doing content and assessment-wise, but what teacher does her first year?" I had to laugh - SO TRUE! Sometimes I wonder what on Earth I actually taught that first year :). I'm glad you made the move to Chicago - there's no place like it!

I found your blog through "Currently" (although I can't find your Currently post!). Looks like you're off to a great start - keep the posts coming!

Michelle said...

Hey Denise!
Thanks for stopping by! I actually have another blog, too and the currently is there, but this one is going to be exclusively teaching and I just started it this week! I copied the currently though over so people don't get confused!

You are the first person to leave me a comment that wasn't my friend in real life! Sooooo exciting!

Happy fourth!
Michelle

Jenn said...

Hi Michelle,

Thanks for sharing your journey! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check out my blog at mrsvanhekken.blogspot.com to find out what to do next! Blessings!

Penny said...

Loved your "history" and so proud of you! Your students loved you and the teachers you coach are going to love you too! You're such an inspiration to the profession!
Love you.....
Mom

Katie C said...

Fun to read your history, just seeing it for the first time. Crazy to think of how long and how many kids have been impacted by your journey.

jamieayres.com said...

What a journey . . . and that quote!!! Totally made me cry--it's sooo true :-)

Breanne Simons said...

I just happened upon your blog tonight and I am convinced it was for a reason! I am also an ASU grad (Go Devils!) and my boyfriend lives in Chicago! I laughed when I saw your chicken and waffles picture from Hash House!! :) Glad to have found a great new blog to read!

Breanne

MrsC. said...

Michelle,
I started following your blog several months ago (through a blog hop, I think!), and just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it, simply because we are in such a similar boat (and close by...Monticello, IN...right down 65 north of Lafayette...Indiana Beach)!! I can totally relate to where you are at! I was in the classroom for 15 years (taught it all, but mostly 4/5), and I too, needed a change, so when our school decided to split our literacy coach position into K-2 and 3-5, I jumped to take the 3-5 job! However, because of the size of the school (VERY small), and my relationship with ALL of the teachers, I'm more of an "instructional coach" for K-5 (and the many others around the corp. who email/call me! lol)...and still learning as my 2nd year on the job (however, this year is MUCH easier! lol) I LOVE seeing all of the things you are doing, and your post about the parent conferences has me very intrigued...can't wait to hear how the rest of this year goes! Anyways, thanks...it's been fun to relate to someone in the same position!
Kristin

Michelle said...

Hi Kristin! I'm so glad you left a message and so sorry for not replying sooner! I've been meaning to do so for days, but have been super busy!
You are super close to me! I used to live in NW Indiana, so I'm not that unfamiliar :-) Cool that we are both doing lots of the same stuff...do you write a blog, too? I looked at your profile but I think it just had a lot of blogs you follow!
I'm doing another Academic Parent Teacher Team meeting tonight (that's the parent conference) so more to come on the blog as soon as I have a moment to post!
Thanks for following and leave your blog address if you have one, too!
Michelle

LanguageArts Bliss said...

I love how much you share with your readers! I used to play school in my basement, just with stuffed animals rather than cousins :)

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10 comments:

  1. "I didn't really know what I was doing content and assessment-wise, but what teacher does her first year?" I had to laugh - SO TRUE! Sometimes I wonder what on Earth I actually taught that first year :). I'm glad you made the move to Chicago - there's no place like it!

    I found your blog through "Currently" (although I can't find your Currently post!). Looks like you're off to a great start - keep the posts coming!

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  2. Hey Denise!
    Thanks for stopping by! I actually have another blog, too and the currently is there, but this one is going to be exclusively teaching and I just started it this week! I copied the currently though over so people don't get confused!

    You are the first person to leave me a comment that wasn't my friend in real life! Sooooo exciting!

    Happy fourth!
    Michelle

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  3. Hi Michelle,

    Thanks for sharing your journey! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Check out my blog at mrsvanhekken.blogspot.com to find out what to do next! Blessings!

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  4. Loved your "history" and so proud of you! Your students loved you and the teachers you coach are going to love you too! You're such an inspiration to the profession!
    Love you.....
    Mom

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  5. Fun to read your history, just seeing it for the first time. Crazy to think of how long and how many kids have been impacted by your journey.

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  6. What a journey . . . and that quote!!! Totally made me cry--it's sooo true :-)

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  7. I just happened upon your blog tonight and I am convinced it was for a reason! I am also an ASU grad (Go Devils!) and my boyfriend lives in Chicago! I laughed when I saw your chicken and waffles picture from Hash House!! :) Glad to have found a great new blog to read!

    Breanne

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  8. Michelle,
    I started following your blog several months ago (through a blog hop, I think!), and just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it, simply because we are in such a similar boat (and close by...Monticello, IN...right down 65 north of Lafayette...Indiana Beach)!! I can totally relate to where you are at! I was in the classroom for 15 years (taught it all, but mostly 4/5), and I too, needed a change, so when our school decided to split our literacy coach position into K-2 and 3-5, I jumped to take the 3-5 job! However, because of the size of the school (VERY small), and my relationship with ALL of the teachers, I'm more of an "instructional coach" for K-5 (and the many others around the corp. who email/call me! lol)...and still learning as my 2nd year on the job (however, this year is MUCH easier! lol) I LOVE seeing all of the things you are doing, and your post about the parent conferences has me very intrigued...can't wait to hear how the rest of this year goes! Anyways, thanks...it's been fun to relate to someone in the same position!
    Kristin

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    1. Hi Kristin! I'm so glad you left a message and so sorry for not replying sooner! I've been meaning to do so for days, but have been super busy!
      You are super close to me! I used to live in NW Indiana, so I'm not that unfamiliar :-) Cool that we are both doing lots of the same stuff...do you write a blog, too? I looked at your profile but I think it just had a lot of blogs you follow!
      I'm doing another Academic Parent Teacher Team meeting tonight (that's the parent conference) so more to come on the blog as soon as I have a moment to post!
      Thanks for following and leave your blog address if you have one, too!
      Michelle

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  9. I love how much you share with your readers! I used to play school in my basement, just with stuffed animals rather than cousins :)

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