Mentor Teaching Moves: Rotated Neglect … Some Moves Bear Repeating #T4TMoments

A wise professor, Sylvia Feinberg, taught us a mentor teaching move that keeps us balanced and happy.  She called it, “rotated neglect.”  This instructional move is used to help us remember that we cannot

Slice of Life: This Book…. a World of Possibilities #SOL17

We love to open up leadership professional development sessions with children’s literature.  It is a wonderful opportunity to share new books; model accountable talk and explore a theme applicable to the work we are

It’s Monday! Our Votes For the Nerdies Are In! #IMWAYR

Each year we look forward to the Nerdies!  It is a great chance to reflect on all the books we read in the past year and discuss them all over again.  It is also

Mentor Teaching Move: The Art of Speaking and Listening  #T4TMoments

Mentor Teaching Move:  The Art of Speaking and Listening   #T4TMoments

A wise professor once told us that classroom conversation should look more like a soccer game than a tennis match.  She explained that students must listen and speak to each other rather than having

It’s Monday! Dogs + High Jinks = Highly Engaging Texts #IMWAYR

In our bookrooms and classroom libraries, we want to make sure we have a wide range of series so readers can find characters they love.  When we organize books by series, it makes it

Mentor Teaching Moves: Now That’s a Notebook! #T4TMoments

Saving time and being organized are mentor teaching moves.  We recently discovered something that helps us do both – a smart notebook – Rocketbook. Here is how it works: You take notes using Pilot FriXion Pens You choose

Slice of Life: Running for a Reason #SOL17

This was my third year running the half-marathon for St. Jude and once again I was truly humbled by the generosity and optimism of the families I met throughout the weekend.  I was touched

It’s Monday! We are Reading Amina’s Voice #IMWAYR

The Washington Post called Hena Khan’s novel, Amina’s Voice, a step toward greater diversity in children’s books and we call Amina’s Voice a must-read middle grade novel.  There is so much to this book.