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Slice of Life: Words and Actions Make a Lasting Impression

Slice of Life: Words and Actions Make a Lasting Impression

If your schedule is too busy to go to a funeral, to celebrate the life of a person, then you need to reevaluate your life. My father’s words came back to me as my husband

It’s Monday! Jennifer Serravallo Has Done it Again!

As teachers, we all have our “go-to” books.  These are the professional books that are filled with post-its, highlights, turned-down pages, and notes in the margin.  Whenever we plan an upcoming unit, rethink a

Mentor Teaching Moves: Using TEDx Talks as Mentor Texts for Writing #T4TMoments

As a way to help her fourth-grade students add voice to their informational writing, Megan’s students studied Sam Berns’ TEDx talk. She chose this video for many reasons: Students could learn about a special individual who

Slice of Life: Not Being Political is a Privilege

I am an avid reader.  So often, throughout my life, I have connected with the secondary characters in historical fiction.  I never imagine being the main character – facing adversity beyond imagination, making change,

It’s Monday! Another Newbury Contender for Us!

“Trouble is, you can’t run away from yourself.” Coach snatched the towel from his shoulder, folded into a perfect square, and set it in the space between us. “Unfortunately,” he said, “ain’t nobody that fast.” If you

Mentor Teaching Moves: Thinking About the “How” of Data Analysis #T4TMoments

Join us tonight for #G2Great Twitter Chat to share mentor teaching moves that put assessment in perspective! Here’s a protocol we use to make data analysis purposeful and helpful: How can we organize data meetings so

Slice of Life: My OLW for 2017 — Better Late Than Never!

This will be my fourth year participating in One Little Word.  Ali Edwards began this idea in 2006.   She reflects on how one little word can make such a difference in one’s life: A single

It’s Monday! How Do You Decide if a Book is Award Worthy?

When we think about what makes a book “Award Worthy,” Louise Rosenblatt’s reader response theory comes to mind.  Her groundbreaking work in the 1970’s taught us to remember that readers have both efferent and