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Slice of Life: One School, One Question

Slice of Life: One School, One Question

My local high school, Newton South, has been doing One School, One Book since 2008.  Even though it has been working well, the committee decided to revise the format next year based on feedback

It’s Monday! We are Reading a Future Classic – The Wild Robot

After we read several posts about this book on It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?  #IMWAYR, we knew we had to run out and get our own copies.  #IMWAYR bloggers said this book was

Mentor Teaching Move: Conferring with Evernote #T4TMoments

We are big fans of Evernote and use it to share resources, to take coaching notes and to record voice notes.   Yet when we watch teachers use Evernote to collect and house students’ assessment

Slice of Life: Knowing Their Names

Slice of Life:  Knowing Their Names

“I want to thank my husband who, for all the years I have been teaching, has always known the names of each of my students.” Mary Ellen Caesar We had the privilege to attend the

It’s Monday! Be On the Lookout for Kate Messner’s New Book

When books touch our hearts, the characters become mirrors or windows for our lives.   Sometimes we see a part of ourselves in the character because we have faced similar challenges.  Other times we gain

Mentor Teaching Moves: Word Choice #T4TMoments

Mentor Teaching Moves:  Word Choice #T4TMoments

I want to remind you that this morning we will have a guest teacher in our classroom.  I will be in a meeting with other teachers so we can learn and share together.  While

Slice of Life: I Don’t Feel Like Reading…

Slice of Life: I Don’t Feel Like Reading…

Why aren’t you reading? I noticed your books are still in your bag. I don’t feel like reading. You haven’t felt like reading for a few weeks. We need your voice and ideas in our reading

It’s Monday! Bloom — This is No Ordinary Fairy Tale

After we read the fairy tale Bloom, we immediately ordered a copy and put it right in our basket of mentor texts for fiction writing.   Bloom is an original fairy tale that will make

Mentor Teaching Moves: Blogging on the Wall #T4TMoments

Mentor Teaching Moves: Blogging on the Wall #T4TMoments

Elementary students need to construct their knowledge. It is critical we take the time to make sure our students can play with new ideas and tools before we can expect them to use them

Slice of Life: The Power of Music

Slice of Life:  The Power of Music

Music was the one thing my mom continued to connect to, respond to and remember as her dementia progressed. Her dementia impacted her eyesight – her brain did not relay what she was seeing