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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




  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...

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...

November 16, 2017

I have always loved running. I was an avid runner for many years. That changed after I had my second son.  I struggled to find time with a 3 year old and a newborn.  That is why this fall I have been trying to find a lasting running routine.  I recently downloaded an a...

September 20, 2017

A popular theme in life, often tossed about when we are complaining or agitated, is that less is more.

There are so many ways to downsize. Three weeks ago our family took on a big one: we moved from a large, beautiful home on a lovely park to a two bedroom apartment. We...

June 19, 2017

Last week I was interviewed by Christy Crawford, a technology teacher at Bronx Community Charter School and a Top Teaching Blogger at Scholastic.com.

See Christy's blog here:

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...

May 7, 2017

Over the past couple of months my 4 year old has become increasingly demanding.  Almost daily I've heard, “Do this” or “I need a drink." I have found myself taking a lot of deep breaths, and thinking what happened to all those sweet words like “please” and “thank you”...

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