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

The 40 Book Challenge Revisited


Donalyn Miller

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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