Author Archives: Jennifer Floyd, Ed.D.

About Jennifer Floyd, Ed.D.

I am a K-5 Reading Specialist in Virginia. I received my doctorate in reading education from the University of Virginia in 2016. I am passionate about literacy!

Don’t They Know It’s Almost Thanksgiving? #sol19


I was riding down a country road when a couple of turkeys emerged from the brush on the side of the road.  They didn’t seem too concerned about the car following them down the road, nor did they seem inclined to change their course so that we could pass through.  As they meandered down the lane, I jokingly wondered aloud if they had any clue that Thanksgiving was near and that they were on the menu.  I also thought of the book Turkey Trouble.  Maybe they’ve already planned out their disguises to avoid being Thanksgiving dinner!


A special hashbrown casserole #sol19


My significant other is an amazing, thoughtful person.  I could write blog post after blog post of all of the sweet, considerate things that he does every day.  For example, he often cooks dinner for us and always pays such close attention to my favorite things and always finds a way for those things to end up on the menu.  Recently, he fixed one of my favorite foods, hashbrown casserole.  Not only was the casserole amazing (I don’t want to confess just how much I ate at one sitting), but the thought behind it made my heart smile.

We planned to watch the final NASCAR race of the season together and decided that we’d fix something to eat while we watched the race.  When M went grocery shopping, he picked up steaks and salad and since he knew my love for hashbrown casserole, he researched recipes and found a list of ingredients for hashbrown casserole.  M is quite the chef, who cooks everything from the most delectable venison to fabulous homemade potato soup, so I knew that the hashbrown casserole would be phenomenal.  I enjoyed watching him assemble the casserole and how carefully he concentrated on following each step of the recipe.  He measured and mixed and soon the casserole was ready for the oven.    In fact, during its entire time in the oven, I was worse than a little child on a road trip asking “Are we there, yet?” because I kept asking, “Is it ready, yet?” Each time, M patiently reminded me of the amount of time left to cook.  I almost couldn’t focus on the race (which wasn’t all that exciting) because I was counting down the minutes until it was ready.

When the hashbrown casserole was finally ready, my mouth watered at the sight of all of the cheesy goodness.  I had to stop myself from taking a spoon and eating straight from the pan.  The steak and salad were delicious, too, but the hashbrown casserole was simply amazing and I know that it had an extra ingredient that made it even more special!


Wahoo Teacher At A Wahoo Basketball Game #sol19


I attended my first UVa men’s basketball game on Sunday.  My significant other is a huge UVa fan and it’s been a longtime dream of his to attend one of the games.  I’m also a fan, so when I was able to obtain tickets to the game, I jumped on the opportunity.

All decked out in our UVa gear, we headed to Charlottesville for the 6 p.m. game.  We lined up for the metal detectors before scanning our tickets inside.  I’d been inside of John Paul Jones arena only once before (the Curry School of Education holds its diploma ceremony there during graduation) and while I’ve watched many basketball games on t.v., I found myself in awe.

I was worried about our seats, hoping that we’d be able to see the action on court.  However, once we settled in our seats, I breathed a sigh of relief.  Even though we were in what I assumed were the “nosebleed” seats, we didn’t have anything to worry about.  We had a pretty good view of the action (and I could see Tony Bennett just fine!).

The atmosphere in JPJ was incredible and I had to pinch myself a few times to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming.  Watching guys like Mamadi Diakite and Kihei Clark was magical.  I also enjoyed getting to see some of the new players like Justin McKoy and Casey Morsell.  However, I think that the best part was sharing the experience with M.  I loved watching his reactions and the expressions on his face! I loved the time we spent on the return trip discussing the game.  It was definitely an experience to remember!

Were you born when there were cavemen? #sol19


I love the funny things that kids say and I constantly find myself grabbing paper to jot down their comments and questions throughout the day.  Today was no different.  A second grader asked, “What is a caveman?” I explained what the word meant and he looked up at me and asked, “Were you born then?” Now, I’ve noticed a few crow’s feet beside my eyes and when I put my hair up into a ponytail, there are more and more silver strands showing, but I didn’t think that I looked that old.  Trying not to laugh, I answered that no, I wasn’t born during the time of the caveman.  Then, the student asked when I was born and my age.  I answered honestly, and thankfully, he didn’t comment about how old that was, but was ready to continue our lesson.

Reviewing My Day #sol19



I hadn’t written a “Before that” post in a long time and I since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about, I though that this would be perfect for today’s slice.

I am sitting at my desk, enjoying a few moments before my next group arrives.

Before that, I ate lunch and had a phone conversation with one of my colleagues from the Virginia State Reading Association.  The cafeteria served macaroni and cheese today and I’ve had that date circled on my calendar for weeks:) It was delicious!

Before that, I worked with a group of kindergarten students.  As I watched them this morning, I reminded myself of just how far they’ve come in a few short weeks.

Before that, my first graders read a new book and I observed a lot of improvement in their ability to attack words.  They did a really nice job today!

Before that, I saw a third grade group.  This group of girls always puts a smile on my face.  They were excited to finish reading Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm!

Before that, I worked with two autistic students.  It’s been amazing to watch their progress and to see all of the things that they can now do as readers and writers!

Before that, a fourth grader helped me start my school day.  He always comes in ready to work, even though it’s barely 8:00 in the morning.

Before that, I ate a quick breakfast at my desk while I checked email and prepared for the day.

Before that, I drove to school and listened to “The Morning Drive.” This is one of my favorite shows on NASCAR Channel 90.  The banter between the hosts always makes me laugh.

Before that, I stopped at Hardee’s for breakfast.  Normally, I go to McDonald’s, but the line was long and our McDonald’s isn’t the fastest place around.  Luckily, Hardee’s and McDonald’s are side-by-side, so I just had to dart around the traffic and slide into the Hardee’s drive-thru.

Before that, I talked to my special someone on the phone.  Hearing his voice on these morning calls always gets my day off to a wonderful start!

Before that, I gathered up all of my things for school and headed out the door.

Before that, I showered, got dressed, and made sure that I had everything that I needed for the day.

Before that, I woke up and slowly started moving.  It seemed as though I had just shut my eyes only minutes before the alarm sounded!

Currently: The Student Version #sol19


I love the “Currently” format and have used it with students over the past couple of years.  This week, students have had the opportunity to compose their own “Currently” slice.  I always love discovering their thoughts and ideas during this activity.  For example, one student really had his dog on his mind while another was excited about an upcoming family cruise and dreaming about swimming with dolphins.  This one activity provided some insight into my students and enabled me to continue to build my knowledge of them not just as a student, but also as a person.  I can’t wait to share more of their posts once they’re finished!

Dalton Currently poem




Lobster Two #sol19


I’ve read different articles and posts about using a different font when writer’s block strikes. Using Comic Sans was one of the fonts mentioned as a way to defeat writer’s block, but as I started to experiment, I found that Lobster Two worked really well for me. I don’t know exactly what it is about that particular font, but I’ve noticed an uptick in my word count and an increased feeling of accomplishment.  I notice that I’m a lot less uptight about my writing when I use a font like Lobster Two.  It doesn’t look all formal like Times New Roman, so maybe that helps.  Maybe I just like the way Lobster Two looks and that makes me feel a little more relaxed when writing.  Whatever the reason, though, Lobster Two seems to be working for me at this point!