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March 22, 2024: Content Literacy

If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb. ―Old Folklore Saying Notice the Changes There’s a joke in Indiana that if you don’t like...

March 15, 2024: Differentiation

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. ―Stephen R. Covey The Beauty of Different Needs Fair is a place you go, not something that happens in this house. That is one...

March 8, 2024: Word Study

At the end of the day, if I can say I had fun, it was a good day. ―Simone Biles Fun with Words When Andy and I were babysitting our...

March 1, 2024: Thinking Ahead to National Poetry Month

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. ―Robert Frost Get Ready Now How do you feel about poetry? Is it your best friend, your go-to companion when...

February 24, 2024: Firming Up Routines

There is magic in the old and magic in the new. The trick is to successfully combine the two. ―Adrienne Posey An Ordinary Day to Start New I used to...

February 16, 2024: The Tough Ones

The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing about your life, is that there is no core curriculum. The entire place is an elective. ―Jon Stewart The Tough Ones My son Sam...

February 9, 2024: Speaking and Listening

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. ―Stephen Covey How Was Your Day? A friend joined just the three of...

February 2, 2024: Nourishing Growth

The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. ―Marcus Aurelius Throw-Down You’ll find me at the gym before 6 a.m. three times a week. There’s a class called...

January 26, 2024: Finding Joy in Learning

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. ―Maya Angelou Press On! Did you know today is National Fun at Work Day?...

January 19, 2024: Research Notes

Energy and persistence conquer all things. ― Benjamin Franklin Join Us! Did you know that less than 5 percent of the population sets goals? This is staggering to me, because...

January 12, 2024: Poetry

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. ― Oprah Winfrey Happy New Year Nineteen years ago I gave up on New Year’s resolutions...

December 22, 2023: 10 Articles from 2023

People now feel time accelerating. Lists allow them to feel some sense of accomplishment. —David Viscott Top Ten Lists I love top ten lists, but I’m not a fan of...

December 15, 2023: Top Issues from 2023

In wisdom gathered over time, I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. —Ansel Adams Explore Ever since 2006 I have chosen a word to live by...

December 8, 2023: Curiosity

You need to let little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you. ― Andy Warhol Noticing Distraction I like to choose the longest checkout line. I size up...

December 1, 2023: Care and Compassion

We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. ― Maya Angelou Show Up...

November 17, 2023: Supporting Writers

The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ― Socrates What’s Different in Post-Pandemic Classrooms? Name seven...

November 10, 2023: Beat Overwhelm!

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ― Margaret Mead Thrive Together Here are some...

November 3, 2023: Reading Instruction

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. ― Maya Angelou Constantly Learning This week’s issue shares the latest thinking about reading...

October 20, 2023: Tools to Empower Engagement

It’s best to have your tools with you. If you don’t, you’re apt to find something you didn’t expect and get discouraged. —Stephen King The Power of Tools Recently I...

October 13, 2023: Listening To and Hearing Students

Invisible threads are the strongest ties. —Friedrich Nietzsche You Belong! On a whim, I decided to try out an idea to connect instructional coaches. I was driven by my passion...

October 6, 2023: Building Identity

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. —Ralph Waldo Emerson Deepen Your Understanding Did you read the opening...