On a Personal Note...

Dear Readers,

First, thank you so much for reading any or all of my blog over the past year-and-a-half. It's hard to describe the feeling of finding out that writing about an idea or experience provides value to someone else. It's fulfilling. Sometimes surprising.

I wanted to let you know what I'll be up to this coming school year. I'm actually taking a year off from teaching in order to blog and create resources full time. I know I'm going to miss seeing a couple dozen third graders every day, but I am extremely excited and very thankful to have this new adventure.

I have no shortage of ideas, both stockpiled from this past year, and trickling in as we speak. Can you hear the trickle? So I plan to post more often during the upcoming school year, which I hope is a good thing for you. Stay tuned for a post or two in the coming weeks about organizing your literacy block!

Here's to building thinkers together!


  1. Michael,
    As I read more of the "Dare to Dream" posts (sparked by Third in Hollywood's challenge), I read about more and more TPT'ers who dream to do what you are doing this next year. I am one of them. I have so far to go, but I hope I to stock my store with more products this summer. I think you are smart and brave.
    Full of admiration, Julie

  2. How exciting! I have to admit my heart skipped a beat when I read that you were taking a year off. I thought maybe you weren't going to be blogging anymore. Thank goodness!! I LOVE your blog and I always look first to see if your blog name is on my Bloglovin' list. You always have such amazing QUALITY ideas I have used so many of them. You have made me a better teacher! I am so happy for you that you get to do this! But please, please, keep sharing!!! :) I need you!!!

  3. Good luck on your new full-time adventure. You are such an inspiration and have amazing ideas. Please keep sharing and wishing you nothing but success.


  4. I am so excited for you...and for US!

  5. Your philosophy regarding teaching fits in SO well with mine, and I can't WAIT to hear more of what you have to say this upcoming year, and beyond.

    All the best,


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