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May 24, 2024: Holiday Reading

Some of your best ideas come when you’re on vacation. —Gautam Singhania Holiday Reading It’s a holiday weekend here in the United States, which means it is a great time...

May 17, 2024: What Surprises You?

Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at 15 to write several novels. ―May Sarton Those Who Surprise Us One of the best things that can happen...

May 10, 2024: Elevate Readers’ Thinking

Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it. ―Ralph Waldo Emerson Watch as Readers Reach New Understandings I am in awe of this week’s collection...

May 3, 2024: Invaluable Teaching Tools

Spring is a true reconstructionist. ―Henry Timrod Direction Beyond Assessment Data Happy May! Sometimes it is unbelievable to me how quickly time passes. In just a handful of weeks, my...

April 26, 2024: Vocabulary

When you get into Louisiana, it really is like a different country in a lot of ways. The plants you see are a little different, like the weeping willows and...

April 19, 2024: Informational Writing

I write to discover what I know. ―Flannery O’Connor Creating Space for Informational Writing I love being a nonfiction writer. It’s taken years for me to come to terms with...

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...