About Me

Hey hey!  Welcome to I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

I started this site years ago as a 4th grade language teacher.  It started as a place for a 4th grade language arts teacher to share classroom ideas.  If I had to name my blog now, it would be Hardcore Literacy and Pretty Things.

Unfortunately, that's a terrible name and will never happen (for obvious reasons).

BUT it is how I feel about literacy instruction.  I think it's important to continually ask ourselves as teachers-why am I using this resource? How is it helping my kids? What am I doing to support my readers? What happens when my students live in an educational culture that teaches to a standardized test?  I hope this blog is a place to navigate what we know about teaching reading and the reality of being in a classroom with overwhelming demands.

And pretty things, because well, I like pretty things.  I love making graphics and sharing digital tidbits, and you'll find those here too.

When I'm not reading about reading or talking about reading, I have a pretty great life.  I've been in education for 18 years as a 1st-4th grade teacher and as a literacy coach.  I'm a proud LSU grad. Geaux Tigers!  I was kidnapped and brought kicking and screaming to Texas in 2009, and I'm mostly over the trauma.  I have a wonderful husband (we'll overlook that moving thing) and two sweet daughters that are the source of most of my laughter.  (And gray hair-but that's why God made dye, right?)


  1. I'm so glad you did to! Now I don't have to bug you so much about teaching me all the wonderful things that you do!

    Teaching with Moxie

  2. I LOVE your blog! I am your newest follower! :o) Geaux Tigers! :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  3. Jennifer...thanks for commenting on my post because it lead me to your own blog. This is AWESOME. I just love your "Blog baby Blog" section, I have seen that button on other blogs and now I know the source! I just wanted to let you know that my husband (you know, the one I met in a hip-hop bar) is also a DIE HARD LSU fan so therefore, I must also be!:)

    Teaching with Z

  4. Megan,
    Thank you for such AMAZING tips and blog ideas! I hope you don't mind but I gave you much praise on my blog today about having such amazing tutorials and helpful advice for new bloggers like me! Thanks a million!

    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  5. Thanks for telling me about Grammaropolis; it was the first time I heard about it. I love finding other great techies :) Looking forward to your awesome blog! My boyfriend of over three years is also a die hard LSU fan. He is originally from Shreveport but moved to Texas as well. We go to Death Valley at least once a year and I have to admit I've never seen football fanatics like that before.

    Geaux Tigers!
    Enchanted with Technology

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm your newest follower and fellow HEB enthusiast.


  7. I completely know what you mean by having to work up enough courage to start a blog! Loving your little space you have here; keep up the good work!

  8. So glad I found your terrific blog. I have much to learn, and you'll be the source of much of that now that I'm one of your followers! Thanks for sharing.


  9. I teach third grade in Pennsylvania and currently just started my own blog. It took a lot of courage. Any help and advice would be appreciated. I have been trying to fix my header and have been having a lot of trouble? I also wanted to know how to start to get followers? Thank you so much for your help. I love your blog! Jessenia Roman