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May 1, 2018

An informal survey of teachers I work with revealed that very few of them found the time to plan an interactive read aloud each day.  To be sure, most balanced literacy teachers are reading aloud every day, but taking the time to plan it seems to be a different questio...

December 15, 2017

My favorite thing about moving back to my hometown is getting to walk my kindergartener to school every day.

It’s true that we would walk him and his brother to school when we lived in New York, but there was something about the wind tunnels, M15 bus fumes, and traffic...

June 4, 2017

Many of us have heard about Malcolm Gladwell’s “10,000 hour rule”, which indicates that to become an expert at something, one must put in ten-thousand hours of practice.  Gladwell's rule derives from a 1992 paper published by a psychologist from Florida State Universit...

February 22, 2017

“It’s magic,” a teacher I was working with recently declared after a reading conference we co-taught with one of her kindergarteners.  David is in his second year in kindergarten.  He works with a speech therapist and an occupational therapist, and as a reader, he had...

April 12, 2016

The teachers at my son’s nursery school just returned from the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance conference in Florida, and they are brimming with ideas about how to transform their classrooms.  One teacher is making a point of putting a bird's nest, shells and see...

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