Blog: Perspectives

Slice of Life: To Have and To Hold #SOL17

What is it about seeing, holding, and feeling an important object in your hand that transcends time and space?   I visit many classrooms and notice objects being used to inspire the use of physical

It’s Monday! We Are Reading Piecing Me Together #IMWAYR

When we read All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, we wanted to share these books with students in our partner schools, but knew these texts were

Mentor Teaching Moves: A Brilliant Use of Space #T4TMoments

When we walked into the Hardwick Elementary School, we noticed a long row of bookshelves in the hallway filled with baskets of books organized by series.   Each basket was labeled with the series name

Slice of Life: Mindful vs. Mindfulness #SOL17

Mindfulness seems to be the new buzz word in education.  The first time I heard the phrase I was in a school and a principal informed me the next classroom was running a bit

It’s Monday! We are Reading Some New Stories with Characters We’ve Met Before #IMWAYR

This August, Aaron Reynolds published two new books featuring two characters we love – Nerdy Birdy and Jasper Rabbit.  Both new books, give readers an opportunity to laugh-out-loud and ponder important life lessons. Nerdy Birdy Nerdy

Slice of Life: For Goodness Sake #SOL17

Slice of Life:  For Goodness Sake  #SOL17

I want to be the person who returns her shopping cart to the designated space. Really, I do. It is that moment when you finish putting your groceries in the car and the to-do list in

It’ Monday! Welcoming a Beautiful Book with Important Messages #IMWAYR

 Wishtree is a book that explores important issues in a developmentally appropriate manner.  When a Muslim family moves into a neighborhood, they are shunned by a neighbor and the word “LEAVE” is carved into

Mentor Teaching Moves: A Little Magic in Our Method #T4TMoments

Mentor Teaching Moves:  A Little Magic in Our Method  #T4TMoments

We highlight mentor teaching moves – the art of teaching – each Thursday on our blog.  We started about a year and a half ago: Each week we plan to share some mentor teaching moves

Slice of Life: My Red Paper Mate Flair Tip Pen #SOL17

I dump my bag out, looking for my pen.  Tammy is dictating and I need to write it down so I can make the revisions.  I don’t see it. I search the floor.  I

It’s Monday! Classroom Management Got You Down? Check Out This Book! #IMWAYR

Looking for Strategies to Foster Independence?  Check out this new book – What Are the Rest of the Kids Doing?  Fostering Independence in the K-2 Reading Workshop, by Lindsey Moses with Meridith Ogden Reading this