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        As I take out each piece of the Christmas village collection and carefully unwrap it I am immediately eight years old and looking through the coupon section of our newspaper with my mother.  We would wake up early on Saturday morning to be the first...

Matt Renwick, an elementary principal in Wisconsin (@readbyexample), listed our blog as one of eleven to receive the Sunshine Award.  Wow!  We were speechless and honored.  This award is a way for bloggers to recognize other bloggers, as well as to encourage them to share...

Voting for the Nerdy Book Club Awards began yesterday and ends on December 21st.   There are so many terrific titles on the finalist list that choosing our favorite is going to be tough.   Here are two more titles that we absolutely love.   Rump – The True...

        This week we are celebrating our colleagues near and far.   Colleagues Near: There are schools we get to visit again and again.  Each time we meet with a group of teachers, try lessons together, look at student work, and think through next steps for students we...

  My doctor recently retired.  He was amazing.  You don’t realize what someone means to you until they are gone.  I made an appointment to meet my new doctor.  I wasn’t sick, but I wanted to get to know her and I wanted her to know...

                  In preparing to vote for the 2013 Nerdy Book Club Awards later in December we are catching up on reading titles on the Nerdy Book Club Finalist list.  Here is one book on the list that we absolutely love - Flora and Ulysses by Kate...

We have been thinking and talking a lot about #Nerdlution this week.   In particular we have thinking about the process of working towards a goal.  We read Christopher Lehman’s blog post below: As we closely read this we were left with feelings, images and hopes of...

          We had the privilege of attending a session with Kristine Mraz and Marjorie Martinelli of Chartchums at Literacy for All.  We have loved their book, Smarter Charts, since it came out, but when we saw them in person we had an Ahhh Haaa (or an...