Reading Endorsement


After speaking with one of my professor’s at the NWP, she told me to get in contact with a person at her university and she would help me go through my transcript and get together what I needed in order to potentially get my Reading Endorsement in Washington State.

If I wasn’t close, I don’t think I would go through with it because it is a lot of work and more money I need to pay in order to take a test that I may or may not pass.

I have all of the credentials but I need a few things that they can work around. I believe that this is a great opportunity because there are specific pathways that you need to take in order to get a reading endorsement, which specifically deal with colleges/universities in Washington and I did not go to undergrad or graduate school in this state so I really don’t have any connections to make that work.

But because my professor was willing to have someone help me, I am like right there, and I cannot pass up the opportunity.

Things I need:

  1. A  course description of a class that has changed since I was in grad school
  2. A letter from my principal about teaching writing
  3. The NES 104 test
  4. Transcripts sent to the university


As you see, it seems so easy and how could I not take this opportunity that is being handed to me right now.

I am going to take the test next week. I have been lucky enough to be sitting into a reading methods fundamental graduate class for free these past two weeks because of this professor.

Can you not say this was a gift? And I would be silly not to take it as it was handed to me on a platter?


Powerful Craft Moves for Mentor Texts

I started my reading in “Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts” by Stacey Shubitz and I am already intrigued. Now that my writing workshop is over and I have nothing else planned professional development wise, so I had to create my own.

Recently I joined the #teacherswrite blog writing summer blog sessions and I fell upon the blog Two Writing Teachers, which I am catching up in reading their previous posts, but I felt like I could only do so much with reading blogs online. Amazon Prime has proven to be the devil but the best thing ever, so I pretty much just order everything on Amazon and it comes super quick.

Just in the first chapter of Stacey’s book, I am already learning a lot. My goal will be to publish for you the important details I find in her book. Obviously everything is important, but just small little things that I think you can use in your classroom.

How to find Mentor texts:

  1. Look through picture books and fall in love with them.
  2. Read them again for language as a writer
  3. Read it again and use sticky notes to record craft moves.
  4. Sort the notes on chart paper.

My main question was, what are craft moves? What am I looking for when I go through a picture book to teach my kids?

Stacey Shubitz breaks it down for you.

Fiction Books:

  • Dialogue
  • Internal thinking
  • Lead/Ending
  • Punctuation to Create Voice
  • Repetition
  • Show, Don’t tell
  • Specific Details
  • Structure
  • Turning Point
  • Varied Sentence Lengths


Nonfiction Picture Books:

  • Back Matter
  • Content-Specific Vocabulary
  • Lead/Ending
  • Precise Words
  • Punctuation to Create Voice
  • Quotes and Sources
  • Repetition
  • Teaching Tone
  • Text Features
  • Topics and Subtopics


If you have not read this book, I suggest you get it.

Bettering Yourself as a Teacher


Sometimes it is really hard to talk to other people who are not teachers about what it is like to be a teacher.

No one seems to see past the fact that teachers supposedly work 5 days a week and then you have summer vacation, and you literally do nothing and have all these holidays – what a great job! And you get paid all summer! Wow!

If they cannot get past that judgment, no one will ever understand the want and desire of professional development.

Along with not understanding the teaching career, it seems that most don’t understand the idea of doing professional development to better your career and become better in your practice. And they also don’t understand, that not always by doing these things will money be involved or pay increased. Then it is even harder to explain that you just want to do it because it prepares you to do your job better when school starts.

So to recap, this is what I usually get “So you want to spend time during your summer break, with people talking about school, doing hard work, preparing for school to start, learning how to spend more money to make your practice and your classroom better and NOT GET PAID FOR IT?”


The answer is yes.

When living and teaching in New York, we had forced professional development that was just part of our school schedule that we could not leave until a certain time everyday. I had no idea that there were workshops and outside professional development that teachers actually went to and learned things outside of their school building.

Fast forward to Washington, and there are just simply tons and tons of things that a teacher can do to learn more and I honestly just cannot seem to find it at the right now; either the week after it ends or just not enough time to plan it in.

Next year I REALLY want to go to the ILA conference. This year it is in Boston this week and I just couldn’t make it. Next year I am hoping it will be in either central US or west coast and then I could go.

I have never been more excited to be a teacher and learn all the awesome things I am learning this year and then be able to get it all together to make it my own. I don’t know how you describe that to others, especially to people who don’t understand teaching.

I recently found a really awesome idea for online professional development by the Cornerstone Teacher, I am very interested in the “How to Transition into Educational Consulting” course and learning more about it. The cost is decent, however, I just don’t know what I will do with it and if anything will come out of it. I like the idea of learning about educational consulting.

Are you doing any workshops or classes this summer for teaching?


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