Who am I?

I am a 6th grade reading/language arts teacher at Wadley High School in Wadley, Alabama. My school is a K-12 school in rural Alabama with about 420 students. Everyday that I walk into my school I feel like I am with my 2nd family. I love teaching-it is my passion! I taught Kindergarten for 6 years and am currently teaching 2 classes of 6th graders. Our adopted reading program is Scott Foresman Reading Street. I love to reflect on my teaching on a daily basis and hope to become more strategic with my planning, teaching,and organizing-thus the creation of this blog.

I have been married for 11 years and have 3 children. My daughter is 16, my stepsons are 17 and 19. We live on 23 acres and own many cows, horses, donkeys, and dogs. I love to bush hog with our tractor-in fact I love being outdoors in the country (but only when it’s warm)!!! 🙂

I love to teach, read, watch movies, spend time with my family, and laugh!!

  1. Thank you so much for this website!!! It is very helpful! I’d love to know how you do your centers.

    • I’m glad you can use it! I am planning on doing a lot more to it this summer when I have time! This is only my 1st year teaching 6th grade-I previously taught Kindergarten for 6 years so my centers leave a lot to be desired! 🙂 There is A LOT that I am going to change for next year! Of course, right now we are only doing ARMT practice, and I have not really gotten a system for small groups/centers this year. But, so far when I did pull my small groups this is what the other kids did:
      1) Choice book-they read a book of their choice from the library or our classroom library
      2) Work on literary letters
      3) Comprehension games(these were bought from Lakeshore I think-the other 6th grade teacher let me borrow)
      4) Word work- they chose an activity to practice their spelling words
      5) they read the leveled reader that we read in small groups and completed a graphic organizer to go along with it

      Hope this helps some-but like I said-this summer will be my BIG reflection time and I will put lots more on my blog!!!

  2. I’m looking forward to using your resources. My school district just adopted Reading Street for the 6th grade (elementary schools have used it for two years already), and I’m a little overwhelmed with all the materials!! I like your idea of having centers and look forward to new informationQ

    • I’m glad you found my blog and hope you will find it useful. Reading Street is very overwhelming!!! I’m beginning to think that every program is-they give you so much stuff to do that there is NO way to get it all done!! 🙂 I detest scripted programs!!! I am still planning on uploading some more stuff-hopefully next week I will be able to do that. 🙂

  3. It is so refreshing to see an upper grade teacher teaching reading! BRAVO to you. I’m glad you found my blog. It is very new, but I hope to be adding resources all year. Have a wonderful school year (I can’t believe it is almost here)!

  4. Brigette Taylor

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your hard work!



  6. Hey. I absolutely love your classroom. This is my first year teaching 6th grade this year and you have provided me with a lot of resources and ideas. I love the 20 bin shelf that you keep your stuff in. Its the tall one in the pictures on the home page. Where did you get that? Thanks so much!

    • Maegan-

      I’m not sure which one you are talking about(I have so much stuff :)). If it’s the one with rainbow colored drawers(20 drawers), I got that from Really Good Stuff (I think).I also have purple shelves that have the aqua blue book bins-Those are really 2 different shelves sitting on top of each other, and my husband made them for me. 🙂 That was 7 years ago, and he hasn’t made me anything else since then! 🙂

  7. Hello Shannon,

    I’m an ESL teacher of Grade 1,2,3 and this year I’m going to have one section of Grade 6!!!
    I loved your blog and am sure it’s going to help me out as \i have very vague ideas about teaching Grade 6 and I’m scared a bit!

    I hope you won’t mind if I turn to you for some advice from time to time!I’m also following you!

    With Regards,


    • WOW! Hats off to you-6th is a big jump from grades 1,2, and 3! Good luck! I have only had about 4 ESL students-loved each one of them so much!!! 🙂 I hope my blog can help make your life easier! 🙂 Keep in touch!

  8. Hi Shannon –
    I have sent you the ‘Virtual Blogger’ Award. Keep up the good work!

    -Sandy (bibliophage)

  9. Would like to know more about sign pn door. Do you provide items listed

  10. Montina Sharp

    Thanks so much for all of your hard work! I have been teaching Reading Street for 6th graders for 3 years and this is an amazing tool!

  11. Thank you this website is amazing!

  12. Thank you I lost my spelling sheet and I found this website.

  13. Your site has been a God-send! Thank you so much for all the work you’ve put into it and for your generous spirit!

  14. Thank you!!!! A very helpful site indeed! God bless you!

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