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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...

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...