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December 2, 2022: Nourish Student Growth

The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart. —Helen Keller Nourish the Heart  When I was a...

November 25, 2022: The Thanksgiving Issue

The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become. —Robert Holden The Thanksgiving Issue In the United States we have Thanksgiving break...

November 18, 2022: Benefits of Poetry

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. —Anthony J. D’Angelo Learning Does Not Belong in Silos When I was in the thick of...

November 11, 2022: Stronger Conferences and Feedback

No one is perfect—that’s why pencils have erasers. —Wolfgang Rieb Learning to Receive Feedback The team of teachers gathered around the table. They had hauled so much stuff into the...

November 4, 2022: Engaging Secondary Students

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. —Robert F. Kennedy Straight from the Field Holly Wenning is a secondary instructional coach whom I first met many...

October 28, 2022: Getting to Know Digital Learners

Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. —Epictetus Rocky Ground Recently I learned...

October 21, 2022: Ways to Hear and Respond to Student Voices

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. —Oprah Winfrey The Importance of Guides I’ve been working with a business coach. Her name is Stephanie,...

October 14, 2022: Renewing Student Energy

Healing takes time, and so does not healing. Choose how you spend your time wisely. —Lalah Delia Renewing Energy In 2006 I gave up New Year’s resolutions and selected a...

October 7, 2022: Persistence and Progression to Grow Readers

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. —Albert Einstein First Persistence, Then Joy Entering the recess doors we discovered a mallard duck wedged into the far...

September 30, 2022: Math and Literacy Connections

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.—Confucius Choice Numeracy I’m always intrigued by people who know what they don’t know. It’s important...

September 23, 2022: Student-Built Classroom Libraries

Really, the more I cook the more I like to cook. —Julia Child The Satisfaction of Choice  Andy (my husband) and I love to cook. Most evenings you’ll find us...

September 16, 2022: Little Things That Make a Difference

Life’s too short for bad coffee. —Gord Downie The Best Cup of Coffee There is a phenomenal coffee shop in my town, and my favorite coffee is a honeycomb lavender...

September 9, 2022: Setting the Year in Motion

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. —Alan Cohen In Motion Last February I broke my ankle and was not allowed to...

September 2, 2022: Choice in Book Selection

Each new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. —Seneca Beginning Again  On the last day of school our student body planned to meet outside on our field, circling the...

August 26, 2022: Intentional Inclusivity

People do not reconsider what they mindlessly accepted as true. —Ellen Langer Reshape Your Story Matt Renwick wrote an article that has been sticking with me. Matt, in his no-nonsense...

August 19, 2022: Tailored Reading Instruction

Organizing is what you do before you do something so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. —A. A. Milne Get Organized  When I was a...

August 12, 2022: Getting to Know Students

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. —Aristotle Imagining Students Outside of Our Classrooms  When people hear that I’ve volunteered to be one of the...

August 5, 2022: Texts to Start the Year

Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. —Roy T. Bennett Inspired to Dream This winter when I broke my...

July 29, 2022: Create a Sense of Belonging

To see and be seen. That is the truest nature of love. —Brené Brown Have the Courage to Show Up Recently I read Brené Brown’s Atlas of the Heart: Mapping...

July 1, 2022: Booklists!

You don’t want to lose the things or people that leave imprints on your heart. —Elly Swartz Unanticipated Joy At the end of the school year there are always pockets...

June 24, 2022: Booklists!

We read to know we are not alone. —C.S. Lewis Readers Need One Another My mom was the librarian in my hometown. It’s a small town, the kind where the...