With the bustle of April and all of the excitement that that brings, the end of the year is fast approaching. But with that end also comes an inevitable beginning; a summer that calls for reflection, relaxation, re-invention, renewed commitment, and also the energy to try new things. I do so adore summer for all… Continue reading Join Me for the Summer Book Study of Passionate Learners!
If I asked most of my students, they would consider me a great teacher for them. They would tell you how safe they feel in our classroom, how they feel respected, how they feel like what we do is worth their time. It is easy feeling like a great teacher if those are the only… Continue reading On Student Voice and How All Means All
Voting ends for the Global Read Aloud 2019 in two days. In two days, they will be tallied, I will sit and ponder, feel the gravity of the decision and finally, at some point, make it official. The weight of it is sometimes paralyzing. After all, I am not just selecting a book to read… Continue reading A Few More Steps Toward a Successful Reading Experience for All
There is nothing like the first week of school tired, it seems. Well, perhaps it’s only contender is the first week with a new baby tired. We drag ourselves home, hoping that dinner has somehow magically arrived, that our house is not a mess, that our own kids are doing well because honestly, all we… Continue reading At the End of the First Week
I am hurtling through the air, clouds drifting by beneath me, blanketing the earth from view. Confined to the seat I was given by a computer, on an airplane as I once again cross the country in order to teach other educators all that my students have taught me. My seat is comfortable, for short… Continue reading On Airplanes
“I think of the children who make trouble at school as miner’s canaries. I want us to imagine their behaviors – which are admittedly disruptive, hypervisible, and problematic – as both the loud sound of their suffering and a signal cry to the rest of us that there is poison in our shared air…” These… Continue reading Lessons from the “Bad” Kids