My name is Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri. I am first grade teacher, dreamer, bilingual children’s author, hopeless romantic, a forever student and an avid reader. I also teach a community yoga class. I hope to learn more about yoga and deepen my practice. I wish I would eat healthier and that I were fluent in Italian. When I see a star I make a wish. Everyday before going home my first graders and I give magic to the student of the day so that our wishes come true ( and they do and they will in case you forgot). I am fascinated by how little people learn to read, acquire language and use these skills to become budding writers. When I read an article that provides a new approach to literacy, I try it out, tweak it and on this blog I will most definitely write about it. I know that all children are capable of learning. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit for that particular student to ignite that spark of wonder. I love that yoga has reminded me how it feels to be a six year old learning new and sometimes intimidating things. And I love that yoga teachers have gently reminded me that when I stumble, it’s not a matter of failure, but another opportunity to get up and try yet again.