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?
What’s the news? If you’re wondering what’s being discussed in education right now, take a look at Eduwonks’ Post about the buzz in educational news.
I chose a two-part SIH Spark for today’s Memoir Monday Post. It is: Why did you decide to go to college? Why did you go to the college you chose? … Continue Reading Stacey’s M.M.: Young Adulthood
I created another video about one more spelling strategy a colleague told me about to help some of my struggling spellers with the words they frequently misspell in their writing. … Continue Reading Fixing-Up Spelling in a Writer’s Notebook
Need to assist a student who has trouble spelling while writing? Watch this video for a practical tool/tip entitled “My Fast Word Fixer.”
I feel like someone handing out bids during Rush, which is not a great feeling. However, this is the invite I’m extending to five students for a lunchtime writing group, … Continue Reading The Invitation
Take a few minutes to watch this young man who addressed 20,000 Dallas teachers at the start of this school year. It’s all about believing in yourself, your students, and … Continue Reading Do You Believe?
All warpped-up with positive social-emotional wishes Originally uploaded by teachergal This year my classroom has had an “It’s not easy being green” theme. (And yes, I felt a bit old … Continue Reading Well-Wishes for the Holidays
My student teacher’s program informed me that I could give her some reading to do over the winter recess. (I’ve already met Miss M., as I’ll refer to her going … Continue Reading Readings for Student Teachers
Have you read the article on Michelle Rhee in the latest issue of Time? If not, click here to read about this controversial Chancellor of Education in the Washington, DC … Continue Reading It’s Time to Read This Article (if you haven’t already).
I bounced the idea of an action research project around with the person who observes us each year. We chatted about developing an action research project for my classroom that … Continue Reading Action Research: Student Engagement in the Writing Workshop
Some writers live a solitary life. Many write in isolation and put their work out into the world only when they feel it’s, well, perfect. As a reader of the … Continue Reading Weekly Challenges
Juliann wrote a Slice of Life Story today that included the following paragraph: This job of teaching is a tricky one. It is one that doesn’t stay behind when you … Continue Reading Some Honest Reflections on Our Profession
Lisa posted a question that really got me thinking about something I’ve never faced in my classroom: parents whose religion does not allow their child to partake in celebrations of … Continue Reading Religion & Publishing Celebrations
I just found out a proposal two of my instructors from Teachers College submitted to the 2009 AERA (American Educational Research Association) Annual Meeting in San Diego got accepted. I … Continue Reading Anyone going to AERA in April?
I tend not to focus much on spelling when I write about the teaching of writing. However, I’m well-aware that using conventions properly is extremely important. Each week, my students … Continue Reading Spelling Sites
This weekend, during rest time, I heard a few sobs from my youngest daughter’s room. The sounds were odd, so I went to check on her. As I approached her … Continue Reading frustration.
When I was at Borders yesterday, I found myself sucked into buying a tiny book by Mitchell Uscher, which is a collection of quotes about teachers and teaching. I just … Continue Reading Some inspiration to keep you going this Tuesday