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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...

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...

March 27, 2018

trans·fer·ence

transˈfərəns,ˈtransfərəns/

noun

  1. the action of transferring something or the process of being transferred.

  2. "education involves the transference of knowledge"

I have spent the last eighteen years deeply invested in the teaching of reading. I began...

February 21, 2018

My son has always been what I would describe as a reluctant writer.  He has always loved letters and numbers.  So, when he started Kindergarten this year reading came easily for him, and working with numbers is something he would do anytime or anywhere.  His struggle h...

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