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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...

September 29, 2023: Craft Moves

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. —Anton Chekhov Work the Words I used to think writing well was a talent—and...

September 22, 2023: AI and Literacy Instruction

I’m actually a bit of a technophobe, which surprises people. I like to stay unplugged as much as possible. —Sal Kahn AI and Literacy Instruction.j Everyone seems to be talking...

September 15, 2023: Writing Is Necessary

The most important things are the hardest to say. —Stephen King Writing Is Necessary Something strange has been brewing within me, and it’s making me a little unsettled. I’ve been...

September 8, 2023: Nuances of Teaching Readers Part 2

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. —Charles Darwin A World Full of Nuances I am enamored with spiderwebs. The way the light silk is spun from one side...

September 1, 2023: Nuances of Teaching Readers

Progress is impossible without change; and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. —George Bernard Shaw Think Again I’m slowly reading Adam Grant’s new book Think Again: The...

August 25, 2023: New Ways of Thinking

Human connections are deeply nurtured in the field of shared story. —Jean Houston Cool Kids Snapchat Thread “Mom, if you were to look at Snapchat, it would be a lot...

August 18, 2023: Shared Experiences

A walk in nature walks the soul back home. —Mary Davis Happiness Is Contagious Andy (my husband) and I are becoming hikers. Rarely does a week go by without us...

August 11, 2023: Nourishing Writers

Artists are people who have learned to live in doubt and do the work anyway. —Julia Cameron Overcoming Doubt After hearing about the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit from one...

August 4, 2023: Getting Ready for a New Year

I absolutely LOVE Choice Literacy! Of all the internet resources I use, this is the premier website for educators who focus their efforts on literacy. —Michelle, Classic Classroom Member The...

July 28, 2023: Reaching Readers

Summer has a flavor like no other. Always fresh and simmered in sunshine. —Oprah Winfrey Grab a Cold Drink Do you have a favorite summer drink? Maybe it is sun...

July 21, 2023: Routines for Readers

The more I practice, the luckier I get. —Gary Player Daily Practice When I was a kid, I took piano lessons. My teacher, Mrs. McGarvey, believed practice was the key...