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Expanding Our Ideas About What it Means to Be a Reader

Each fall when the school year begins, my time for pleasure reading seems to evaporate.    Between all of the new professional books, blog posts, and educational journals, I just can’t find time for pleasure

Slice of Life – More Than a Number

Slice of Life – More Than a Number

“Can I talk to you for a minute?  I have something to show you.” I was surprised to see Julie at my front door.  She was holding something in her hand.  I looked up and

NCTE 2013 – Teacher Matter, Kids Count!

NCTE13 was amazing.  It is great to have time to think, reflect, connect and learn with so many people.  We are exhausted and invigorated at the same time!  We could never put into writing

Celebrating Learning, Connections and Inspirations

Celebrating Learning, Connections and Inspirations

    This week we are celebrating #NCTE13 – Could we say more? Follow us on twitter @ClareandTammy to hear more….   Share:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click

Writers (Should) Write to Make the World Better

The voting process changed in my city this year.  Unfortunately a few precincts had to go to two locations to vote.  Many notices of apologies were sent and the problem was clearly explained.  The

Making Curricular Connections for our Students

This week reminded me once again that … teachers matter and kids count!  I was collaborating with a group of second grade teachers.  The focus of our professional learning was analyzing student writing to

Celebrating the book Celebrating Writers

Celebrating the book Celebrating Writers

  It was our lucky day!  We had the day off and our copies of Celebrating Writers by Ruth Ayres and Christi Overman arrived in the mail.  We have enjoyed writing and reading the Celebrating

Growth Mindset – Can We Have the Thrill of Victory AND the Agony of Defeat?

Growth Mindset – Can We Have the Thrill of Victory AND the Agony of Defeat?

“Did you run it?  I looked for you on TV, but I didn’t see you?” I look up to see two boys, backpacks on, standing in the doorway.  I put down my computer and

Balancing the Art and The Science of Teaching

Balancing the Art and The Science of Teaching

Yesterday we celebrated the art of teaching.  We truly do believe that teaching is so much more than following a script — if it were that easy we would not be so tired at

Celebrate the Art of Teaching!

Celebrate the Art of Teaching!

    This week we are celebrating the art of teaching!  We are hearing from many teachers that they are trying to learn so many new programs that they are teaching with a manual in their