Blog: Perspectives

Mentor Teaching Moves: Using Literacy to Celebrate Your Community #T4TMoments

At the Pine Hill Elementary School what they care about is evident the moment you enter the building.   In every hallway, in the cafeteria and even in the library, posters about what it means

Slice of Life: Feedback is the Key to Greater Learning

Slice of Life:  Feedback is the Key to Greater Learning

“What’s the difference between thinking and understanding?” All of a sudden his question was far more interesting than the teaching point I had in mind. I had to stop and consider this question. “That’s an interesting

It’s Monday! We’re Still Reading Nonfiction Picture Books

It’s Monday!  We’re Still Reading Nonfiction Picture Books

It’s Monday … and we are still reading all the #nf10for10 posts from Friday!  If you missed it, here is the link to our 10 for 10 list: The 5th Annual Nonfiction Picture Book 10

The 5th Annual Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10 Event

Thank you, Mandy Robek and Cathy Mere for hosting the Picture Book 10 for 10 Events again this year.  We love how each February our TBR stack grows as we read posts from educators

Mentor Teaching Moves – Launching a Poetry Unit of Study With “Poet’s Eyes” #T4TMoments

  Tricia, a second-grade teacher, wanted her students to understand how poets use sensory details to bring their poems to life.  Tricia launched her poetry unit by bringing a giant snowball from the playground into

Slice of Life: Being a Sports Fan is More Than the Sports

When my husband and I first decided to settle in Boston, I panicked.  I was raised as a New York sports fan.  We were season ticket-holders to the Yankees and the Jets and made

It’s Monday! #WeNeedDiverseBooks –and We Found Some!

In Rudine Sims Bishop’s article, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors, “ she reminds us of the importance of filling classrooms with diverse books: “Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be

Mentor Teaching Moves – First Graders Make a Reading Plan #T4TMoments

When I walked into Laura’s first grade classroom during reading workshop, I noticed a boy with a manila folder opened on his desk.   This folder had a green dot on one side and a

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