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Calling All Coaches! Look Out For Traps & Our Next #T4TChat

We find that coaching can be a lonely job. In many districts there is only one coach in total or one coach per school. There are not other coaches for collaboration. Are we teachers?

A Splash of Red – 2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

We were so excited when we heard the winner of the 2014 NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children — A Splash of Red, The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, Jen Bryant

Slice of Life – #NCTE14 and Story as the Landscape of Knowing

“Stories are data with a soul.” This quote has been the center of our converservations since we first heard it when we listened to a TEDTalk by Brene Brown a few months ago. Brown suggests,

It’s Monday! And We Met Two Amazing Authors!

We had the privilege of meeting and hearing two amazing authors this weekend at NCTE. We were so happy to meet them both because we have been thinking and talking about both their memoirs

Slice of Life: How are Growth and Happiness Related?

I roll over and instantly realize something is off. It is light out and I am still in bed. “What time is it?” I wonder. I turn to see the clock. Nothing. The power

It’s Monday! We Are Already Rereading This Book

Rain Reign, Ann M. Martin We didn’t want this book to end. Once we reached the final page, we immediately reread the last chapter so we could be with these characters for a little bit

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge – These Books Will Fly Off the Shelves

Here are three texts that we know will fly off the shelves in classrooms. These books are about highly engaging topics, filled with interesting information and written at different levels of complexity.   We have

Slice of Life: Are We Creating Schools of Engagement or Compliance?

Slice of Life: Are We Creating Schools of Engagement or Compliance?

“There can be no keener evaluation of a society’s soul than how it treats its children (and its teachers.)” Mandela Andrew Hargreaves shared this quote during his session at the Literacy For All Conference last

It’s Monday! Here Are Some Books That Are Fun to Read Again and Again

Here are a few books we know will make readers laugh out loud. We are sure that once students hear these stories they will want to read and retell these stories again and again. This

Slice of Life – Writers Use Words to Impact Those Around Them

Slice of Life – Writers Use Words to Impact Those Around Them

This weekend I attended the bar mitzvah of one of my son’s closest friends. In his speech he shared his thoughts on how he has grappled with the question of why bad things happen