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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...

June 17, 2022: Booklists!

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. —Sir Francis Bacon Required Reading? I grew up surrounded by cornfields as a...

June 10, 2022: Deeper Thinking

Life is not testing you. She is rooting for you. —Danielle LaPorte Rooting for You We all have seasons of life when it feels like there is one thing after...

June 3, 2022: Celebrating Capability

Life is a flower of which love is the honey. —Victor Hugo Offer Joy My daughter Hannah is at Marine Base Camp Pendleton in California but had the opportunity to...

May 27, 2022: Read Aloud with a Twist

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift. —Kate DiCamillo Be Creative with Reading Aloud My...

May 20, 2022: Finding Joy in Challenging Readers

Live in the moment, not in the cloud. —Abhijit Naskar The Power of Selfies Like so many of you, the kids in front of me had never had a typical...

May 13, 2022: End with a Bang!

“Just in case” is the curse of packing. —Alexander Potter Packing Lightly For almost two years, we have been in a modular building while our physical school has undergone extensive...

May 6, 2022: Deepening Discussions Part 2

And all the world is glad with May. —John Burroughs Join the Discussion Hello friends, I can hardly believe it is May! This is a whirlwind month for many of...

April 29, 2022: Deepening Discussions Part 1

 Unusual friendships can be the most powerful of all. —Apple and Magnolia by Laura Gehl and Patricia Metola The Power of Discussion In April, the Choice Literacy Book Club...

April 22, 2022: Reading Invitations

It’s amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday. —John Guare What Happens Next? As the world emerges from the grip of this long...

April 1, 2022: Poetry Part 2

There are things you do because they feel right and they make no sense and they make no money and it may be the real reason why we are here:...

March 25, 2022: Poetry Part 1

Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like the muscles of your body. —Lynn Jennings Mental Rehearsal On my high school track team, I once had a coach...

March 18, 2022: Rehearsal for Writers

You can’t edit a blank page. —Nora Roberts An Elixir for Writers Giving space to talk is one of the secret weapons of teachers of writers. I used to believe...

March 11, 2022: Making Data Personal

I try to challenge myself each week to do something a little different or something maybe a little more exciting or personalized. —Jessica Mendoza Make It Personal My friend Jenny...

March 4, 2022: Student-Led Learning

What we do at NASA is inspiring. It’s reaching, it’s visionary, and it inspires people on Earth to try hard things. —John M. Grunsfeld &; Figure Things Out My son Sam...

February 24, 2022: Reading Identities

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you—all of the expectations, all of the beliefs—and becoming who you are. —Rachel...

February 18, 2022: Feedback to Writers (Part 2)

And just like that, a form emerges. —Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott Why Not Live Unbound? It was a typical day in third grade, and I was...

February 11, 2022: Feedback to Writers (Part 1)

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it is necessary to stand out in the cold. —Aristotle Appreciate the Beauty As I write this, the world around me is cold...

February 4, 2022: Persuasive Writing

The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today. —Simon Sinek Becoming I’ve been becoming a runner. Again. For most of my...

January 28, 2022: Word Work

Do your best until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. —Maya Angelou Between Our Best and Better Somewhere between our best and better is progress.  I...