Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Katelynn Giordano, hailing from the suburbs of Chicago. Those of you from Illinois might recognize the last name, but unfortunately there’s no relation to the pizza!
I’m a fiery sixth grade language arts teacher, wife, coffee enthusiast, and overbearing cat mom. I have a ‘slight’ caffeine addiction, and an even bigger one for buying books to put in my classroom library. I’m also putting together a list of libraries and bookstores I have to see around the world… so if you have a suggestion, send it my way!
My passion is for motivating my students to love reading and inspiring them to find their voices through writing. It is my personal belief that education is our most powerful tool, and that writing is our most effective, lasting means of communication. I work every day to help my kids see themselves as writers who have the full capability of changing their world equipped with a ready mind and a pen.
As educators, it is our job to work toward a more equitable educational system. To do this, we must address our own privilege and biases. It takes courage to do so, but it’s important, necessary work. Much of my writing has been an effort to make this growth and begin to work toward change.
I am constantly trying to better my teaching practice, and I started this blog because a professor of mine encouraged me to. It has helped me become a more reflective educator and has helped me connect with incredible people all over the world. A fun side effect has been my improved writing instruction and my newfound ability to relate to my students on all the struggles that come with being a writer.
The thoughts, opinions, rants, and ideas posted on this site are all my own. I aim to share my own experiences and the take I have on educational topics, some of which might be considered controversial. The views I share do not reflect the stance of my district and are entirely, uniquely mine. Where anything is posted that is not my own, the authors are credited.