Chocolate Mousse


  • 3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs (can use Oreos, teddy grahams, or any chocolate cookie)
  • ½ cup butter meted

Crush cookies into fine crumbs. Add butter and stir. Pour mixture into 9” spring pan and spread across bottom and partway up sides.


  • One 12oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 4 egg yolks (room temperature and well beaten)
  • 4 egg whites (well beaten)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 6 Tbsp. powdered sugar

  1. In medium bowl beat egg whites until stiff (put in refrigerator)
  2. In large bowl beat heavy cream on high, when it becomes bubbly slowly add sugar while beating. Continue beating until stiff. (put in refrigerator)
  3. In heavy pot melt chocolate (be careful not to burn it!)
  4. Allow chocolate to cool slightly, but make sure it doesn’t begin to harden. Add whole eggs one at a time. (Make sure you stir them in QUICK or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs in your cake!)
  5. Stir in egg yolks.
  6. Add 1/3 of egg whites and 1/3 of whipped cream. Fold together.
  7. Add remaining egg whites and cream. Fold together until well blended (be careful not to stir out too much air!)
  8. Pour over crust and refrigerate at least 24 hours before serving.

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Best Practices-3

I loved the developmental framework!! That helps a lot with understanding the sequence of writing, and helps me make more sense of the writing of students I’ve worked with in the past.  So many times the struggling students I had in student teaching were expected to do things that they were not yet developmentally ready for, and I think that really kept them from making any progress.  I remember the teacher trying to make them elaborate and focus on word choice before they could even complete a sentence.

I really liked the examples of stories from different aged children, so that the differences can be seen.  I also think the composition rubric on page 60 is very useful, and I’m glad they pointed out not to use the levels as grade-equivalents and instead to use it as a guide for planning appropriate instruction.

The specific teaching strategy and lesson outlines were also really useful.  Block 1 is really important, I’ve seen so many studnets who cannot sequence events and if they can’t do that it would be very difficult for them to write a story that made sense.  I liked the use of pictures and idea bubbles in initially developing a story and then adding text later.  I think this would really help students, especially ones taht have trouble remembering their ideas long enough to be able to write them down.  They had a lot of really good scaffolds to use too in this section

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Just a little running update

So I just have to say my ankle made it through the weekend, and the end of my cross country career!  I had my last college cross country race on Saturday, through a field of mud and puddles…cross country at its finest.  I was once told “you’re only as good as your last race” which is  good for me, because I had the best race I could have ever hoped for.  I struggled my way to a 19th place finish allowing me to reach my dream of all region.

I now get a well needed rest (of maybe 4 days off) YAY! and hopefully my ankle will return to it’s normal size in that time.  And then it all starts again, training for the track, my favorite!

Thanks everyone for your good luck wishes and caring about my season this semester!!!

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Owly and Wordless Books

I didn’t like reading Owly very much, I wanted there to be words, I wanted the story to be told to me.  Maybe I’m just not used to this type of book.  I did love the pictures though, and the expressions and images of the characters told a really good story.  I definitely think something like this would be very useful to use, especially with struggling readers and writers.

I would love to try to use a wordless book like this to encourage my students to write.  I think this would really help my students.  Many students I will work with will struggle with writing, and having pictures to guide their thoughts could really benefit them in writing stories.  This would also aide them in learning the parts of a story, and allow them to read more complex stories than they may be able to read with actual text.

So while I didn’t really like reading it, it’s definitely a type of book I would use in my classroom.

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Finding Memorable Moments article:

The changes in the initial “seeds” that these children wrote to their final memoirs were amazing!! It was neat how the students orally told stories to a partner to get some initial ideas flowing, which is much easier than just sitting down and writing.  The interaction among students seemed to be so helpful, and this seemed like a classroom that would make students want to write.
I really liked the idea of “exploding” moments.  Having a “try-it” section of their notebooks was also a neat idea, that allowed the children to explore using different techniques.  Berta’s exploded moment was my favorite thing in this article.  Seeing the change from her original sentence to her exploded moment was amazing!  These children made so much progress in the 12 week period, and the ways these teachers got the students involved “physically, emotionally, and linguistically” really worked to turn the students into writers of memoir.

A Study of Memoir

The way Arnberg introduced memoir in her class, and allowed the students to discover it for themselves seemed to be very powerful.  The students were very interested in what they were doing, and this allowed them to come up with their own questions and guide the instruction.  It also helped that they were able to focus all of their attention on memoir, and were able to spend so much time with it.  Allowing the students to determine for themselves what memoir was and wasn’t provided a meaningful experience for them that stuck with them much better than being told a definition would have.
I liked how she allowed the students to choose their own mentor texts to complete their memoirs, and how much choice they were given in their writing.  Again, I was amazed at some of the things the students were able to write, and the questions they asked as they explored the genre!  I just don’t know how a teacher could devote so much time to one genre.

Memoir Picture Book

My favorite of these books was Family Pictures.  I loved the snapshot drawings and the memoirs to go along with each.  They each held a special memory for Carmen, and I just really love how the pictures really tell the stories in this book.  I also thought it was neat to read that Carmen painted all of these pictures, and made the paper cut-outs on each page.

Shortcut made me think about when I was younger and how I was afraid of the train tracks by my house.  All of the “brave” kids used to walk on them, and a lot of kids would cut across them on their way home from school.  I was always terrified of the train and didn’t want to get anywhere near it.  Sometimes my brother would go put pennies on before the trains came so they’d get flattened, I always wanted the pennies but I wouldn’t go near those tracks to put them there.   This story was completely different than my memories of the train, but its neat how it sparked a memory of my childhood.  I loved how he slowed down the passing of the train, and made it take up 10 pages in the book… trains really do take forever to go by.

I love how Patricia Polacco has all the pictures of her and her brother growing up on the inside covers, it made it real for me.  I could relate to this story, I hated my older brother growing up.  We didn’t get along about ANYTHING, but whenever I needed him he was always there.  Now that we live far away from each other we’re good friends, but as children forget it.  I’m sure I had a moment like this sometime when I was younger that changed my relationship with my brother…I just can’t think of what it might be.  I really enjoyed the pictures in this book too 🙂

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To Dance

I loved this book!! The images add so much to it.  The text is so short and simple, but combined with the images it is so powerful! I could completely relate to Siena in this story.  Her dream as a child, and her journey to continue her progress and dream of bigger things as she grew.  I loved her comparison of ballet to the football game…I understand that, I see running in everything I do.  Her fast forward page broke my heart, because I felt every image that was depicted.  The images of her meals as she grew broke my heart, and seeing her injuries and continuing hard work pictured together was something I could completely relate to.  But, the ending couldn’t have been better. seeing her enjoying what she loves again and saying “Dancing fills a space in me” was perfect. 🙂

I felt a strong connection to this graphic novel, and loved everything about it.  It’s such a unique way to tell a story and definitely is a powerful presentation.

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Multigenre Project

I tried to think of something besides running for this, but no luck, I just kept going back to it.  I’ve decided I want to do my project on Jack Daniels, possibly the world’s greatest distance running coach.  His training methods have had quite an impact on my running, and I think I’ll really enjoy learning more about him 🙂

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