In his post, Why Are Good Teachers Leaving the Classroom, Dan Callahan states (for him), it all came down to "impact." I get that...he wants to have long-lasting positive impact. The impact of a 30-year librarian (like at our school) or our principal last year or the 30-year teacher or the beloved gifted teacher or art … Continue reading Impact
Interactive Writing: Don't Close the Door. Use the door. This year I plan to teach grammar with my cabinet using interactive writing. Today's minilesson. A complete sentence and sentence fragment. The student's get to do the labeling! 🙂
Life matters. Life is good. I spent a whole summer running from one PD to another, immersed in gifted education classes and good books, like The Book Whisperer and Teaching Like a Pirate. I learned how to participate in educational talks on Twitter and I read 75% of the SSYR books for the 2014-15 school year, along with … Continue reading Black Belt Test and SOL
Years ago, at a professional development workshop, Ellin Keene poked fun at the creator of the overwrought and overused “Text-to-Self, Text-to-Text, Text-to-World” reading strategy. If you’re laughing right now, you know that Ellin is one of the original architects of this strategy, which appears in her groundbreaking book (co-authored with Susan Zimmerman), Mosaic of Thought.
A few years back, a woman proudly announced to me at a workshop that she was, “doing her own version of the Daily 5, but she could only get in three of them.” I imagine Gail and Joan want to know which three. I should have asked, ladies, but I was at a loss for words.
It happens; the original thinking behind an instructional idea becomes lost when it’s passed along like a game of Telephone. You heard about it from a 60-minute conference session. Your teammate attended a book study and she gave…
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