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“Can I talk to you for a minute?  I have something to show you.” I was surprised to see Julie at my front door.  She was holding something in her hand.  I looked up and saw her mother standing against her car.  We made eye contact...

NCTE13 was amazing.  It is great to have time to think, reflect, connect and learn with so many people.  We are exhausted and invigorated at the same time!  We could never put into writing everything we learned, but here are some the things we plan...

The voting process changed in my city this year.  Unfortunately a few precincts had to go to two locations to vote.  Many notices of apologies were sent and the problem was clearly explained.  The problem could not be fixed in time for voting so we...

This week reminded me once again that … teachers matter and kids count!  I was collaborating with a group of second grade teachers.  The focus of our professional learning was analyzing student writing to determine how to lift the quality.  We were using the Calkins’...

  It was our lucky day!  We had the day off and our copies of Celebrating Writers by Ruth Ayres and Christi Overman arrived in the mail.  We have enjoyed writing and reading the Celebrating This Week posts on Ruth Ayres blog, Discover –Play– Build, and...

Yesterday we celebrated the art of teaching.  We truly do believe that teaching is so much more than following a script -- if it were that easy we would not be so tired at the end of the day.  That being said, we also believe...

    This week we are celebrating the art of teaching!  We are hearing from many teachers that they are trying to learn so many new programs that they are teaching with a manual in their laps.  Understandably, they are having trouble finding their voice as a...

Many people commented, emailed or tweeted to hear more about one of our take-aways from Vicki Vinton's presentation:       Vicki's book does a great job of explaining her thoughts on this idea.  She highlights the importance of allowing students to construct their understanding and warning us not...