growth mindset · plan book · Q & A · reflections · reflective practice · writing workshop

The Intentional Educator Planner (Giveaway)

I've always wanted to keep a reflective journal about my teaching but in the hustle and bustle of a busy school day, that seemed to be the first thing to go from list of "to-do's." I'm hopeful that having  a place to reflect right in my plan book will encourage me to take time to write down my thoughts and ideas each week. The 2017-2018 Intentional Educator Planner will be just the place!

informational writing · mentor texts · Q & A

Q&A with Robert Burleigh + a Book Giveaway

I've been a fan of Robert Burleigh's writing for the past few years. I was delighted to receive an advance review copy of Trapped! A Whale's Rescue, his newest picture book that's out later this month.  As soon as I finished reading it, I began researching the story on my own and was fascinated. Trapped! tells of… Continue reading Q&A with Robert Burleigh + a Book Giveaway

collaboration · creativity · critical literacy · Q & A · questions · technology

Solve It Your Way

I'm excited to share Franki Sibberson's latest project with you. SOLVE IT YOUR WAY! is an innovative project to encourage creative problem solving and collaborate with others around the globe. I shared this month's question with them while we waited in the car for Andy to run into the store. When we got home, my… Continue reading Solve It Your Way

mentor texts · narrative · Q & A

Q&A with Patricia Polacco + a Giveaway

Patricia Polacco has long been one of my favorite children's authors. I've led author studies of her works with my former students in both reading and writing workshop. I have used books like Mrs. Katz and Tush and The Butterfly in my consulting work. She an author whose books take up a good deal of… Continue reading Q&A with Patricia Polacco + a Giveaway

Q & A

Q&A for Today

Okay, so I saw these fun Q & A posts on Natalie Whipple and Kiersten White's blogs and decided today we'll host one here. The deal: You ask a question in the comments & I'll try to answer it as soon as possible in the comments. So if you have a question -- any question… Continue reading Q&A for Today

interview · mentor texts · Q & A · Read Aloud · repetition

A Story About Adoption + A Book Giveaway

Sweet Moon Baby: An Adoption Tale, which is written by Karen Henry Clark and illustrated by Patrice Barton, was released last month.  When I received my review copy, from Knopf Delacorte Dell Young Readers Group, I began reading it and felt tears well-up in my eyes.  The lump in my throat stayed throughout the entire… Continue reading A Story About Adoption + A Book Giveaway

Q & A · the persona of a writer · writers

Q & A: A Writer’s Identity?

Sarah Amick left the following comment -- Hey, do you guys have any information on developing a writer’s identity? I have a kiddo that doesn’t think that his words matter. Do you have any mini lessons that I can teach or a good book to go along with that? First, check out Sarah's post about… Continue reading Q & A: A Writer’s Identity?