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October 21, 2019

This summer, I read A Fresh Look At Phonics by Wiley Blevins. It made me think deeper about my word study instruction. One of the main ideas in that book is that in most classrooms, word study is only whole-class instruction. We do not differentiate based on what our s...

July 8, 2019

I was recently driving with my seven year old son.  We were talking about his school year, as it was coming to an end, and the conversation turned to books that he liked reading this year.  He told me that he loved Cam Jansen.  He read all of the books from the series...

April 22, 2019

I have the privilege of working across Grades 3-8 on most days. This past year I began staff development in a new school in New Jersey, helping English teachers implement writing workshop in Grades 6-8. The elementary schools were in year two of implementation and it w...

March 6, 2019

My son, who is in first grade, came home the other day with his Scholastic book order.  He was so excited to show me all of the books he really wanted.  As we went through each page, he asked “Mom, what books do you think look good?” (Obviously he has learned his teach...

February 14, 2019

One of my most favorite short stories to use with older kids is “Mr. Entwhistle” a piece from the book Hey World, Here I Am! by Jean Little. Nine years ago I was I was sitting at a think tank at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and a small group of staf...

January 28, 2019

My colleague and I, Holly, launched in a new district a couple of weeks ago. In many ways it’s a compelling way to begin staff development: start mid-year, engage teachers in concepts and structures (not curriculum) and attempt to establish common language, vision, and...

November 14, 2018

My younger son, Christopher, is on the verge of turning three.  As his birthday approaches, I find myself reflecting on the past year in his life.  This has been a year filled with many doctor’s appointments and a lot of therapy. It has also been a year of HUGE accompl...

September 21, 2018

The other day a teacher caught a glance of my school year calendar. He was taken aback by the format. The calendar has two columns running from July to December and January to June. July (and a little bit of August) is highlighted entirely in green, my favorite color.

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June 21, 2018

A little over a year ago, I sat at a small table with co-directors at the school where I work as a part time literacy coach. We were planning for the coming year, for 8th grade specifically, and trying to imagine the shape of the curriculum for our students- students w...

May 21, 2018

I recently enjoyed a solo trip to Barnes & Noble.  This meant I had a solid chunk of time that I could actually spend reading and exploring.  I headed to the children’s section, because isn’t that what every teacher does when they are alone at Barnes & Noble? As I walk...

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November 14, 2018