I am a 5th grade teacher who has been teaching in public schools for five years. This, however, is my first year teaching only reading and writing. I have always been fascinated by how many different approaches and schools of thought there are when it comes to teaching children how to be real readers and writers. This blog will share my experiences in the classroom, what's working (and what isn't), as well as information I gather as I strive to strengthen and improve my reading and writing instruction. Why "The Polka Dot Owl," you ask? I love owls, I love polka dots, and it's also the theme I tried to create in my classroom. Happy reading!