On the final day of the March SOLSC, Amy Rudd crafted a parody of Barry Manilow’s “I Write the Songs.” (Click here if you are unfamiliar with the song.) She changed … Continue Reading We Write the Slices.
So I was planning to try a new kind of post last Friday. And then Friday came and went. How does this happen? So right now, let’s just pretend it … Continue Reading Pretend it is Friday
How do we teach kids (and ourselves) to unplug from media in an effort to interact with others, not just screens?
[Conferences] are not mini-lectures but the working talk of fellow writers sharing their experience with the writing process. At times, of course, they will be teacher and student, master and … Continue Reading Conferences are dialogues.
On the final day of the challenge, Rissa Zimmerman, who was a first-time Slicer this past March, crafted a thank you note to me and Ruth for providing her with … Continue Reading How does writing feel to you?
This weekend I learned of a first grade club. “The teachers don’t know about it,” Sam (my first grade son) said, “So keep it quiet.” “What is it?” “It’s the … Continue Reading Bad Word Club
Screen-Free Week goes from 4/29-5/5. While it might seem drastic and unfeasible to completely unplug, think about what steps you can take to be less connected next week.
I purchased the original Units of Study for Teaching Writing, Grades 3 – 5 when they were published in 2006. In the early days, those books were like a Bible … Continue Reading New Units of Study
Expectations of common core, teacher evaluation, and what it means to be literate in the 21st century can sometimes pile up and overwhelm me. There is so much new information … Continue Reading Trusting Myself
After writing “My Advice to New Moms in the Wake of the Terror in Boston,” I didn’t think I had much else to say about yesterday’s terrorist attack at the … Continue Reading Running Towards Danger
We are all writers at work, aren’t we? When I saw LeAnn Carptenter’s poem, “Writers at Work,” midway through the March Challenge, it resonated with me. Click here to … Continue Reading Slicers at Work
Who coaches the coach? This question was posed at the Choice Literacy Coaching the Common Core workshop. It’s one that is sticking with Deb and me. Instructional coaches (and I … Continue Reading Who coaches the coach?
I watched a version of this video several years ago. In preparation for a workshop I’m leading on Thursday with a group of Career Tech educators (think culinary arts and … Continue Reading Chewing On This
You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! (The Back Story) by Author Jonah Winter Though I do understand that what I’m being called on to do here is talk about … Continue Reading A Biography for Baseball Season + a Giveaway
Many of us are digging into Common Core Standards. We are spending time reading the standards, figuring out what they mean, and noticing how they grow from grade to grade. … Continue Reading Common Core — Appendices