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May 9, 2020

Dear Teachers,

The world is a different place since we last blogged. 

COVID-19 has hit us with loss, grief, and endless questions that are accompanied by uncertain answers.  In the blink of an eye, the children we teach have physically become distant from us.  Yet, throu...

March 12, 2020

Test. Prep. Those two words present both a challenge and an opportunity for students and teachers alike. Ask any student about their prior experiences, and their visceral dislike of all things test prep becomes evident. Perhaps they are marked by bad experiences, failu...

February 26, 2020

One of my most favorite rituals, one that I commit to every weekend during the school year and every day in summer is a long walk with my dog, Arthur. Arthur is a nine-year-old Hungarian Vizsla mix and he is, in a word, perfect. He is more than that, but absolutely tha...

January 15, 2020

The other day, my feisty two-year son was working on a farm animal puzzle.  With a sheep piece in hand, he was struggling to put it in place, trying over and over, but unable to do so.  As I watched him from a close distance, I was going through my own internal struggl...

December 30, 2019

I was recently working in a first-grade classroom when I sat down next to Sam, who was reading Amelia Bedelia: On the Move.  I began to ask him questions about the book he was reading. "What's been happening so far?"  "Have you read any Young Amelia Bedelia books...

November 25, 2019

I bake. Often. It is one of the ways I meditate, take care of myself and seek out joy. In my next life (or next phase of life?) I want to work in a bakery. Not own one, but work in one. I want to get smarter and more experimental. You see the reason I bake is that it m...

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...

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