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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...

January 21, 2022: Choice and Whole-Class Texts

Reading is not optional. —Walter Dean Myers The Magic of Whole-Class Reading Experiences My son Jordan is a varsity wrestler. If someone you love is a varsity wrestler, then you...

January 14, 2022: Be Present

Listening is about being present, not just being quiet. —Krista Tippett Linger in the Listening Sam, my nearly 16-year-old son, selected a word to live by this year: listen. I...

January 7, 2022: Welcoming Spaces

When you think positive, good things happen. —Matt Kemp [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Good Things “Good things…” I whisper as my sons hug...

December 3, 2021: Reflective Practice

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. —John Maxwell [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Take Time to Reflect Many years ago I wrote my first...

November 26, 2021: Courses Special Issue

Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. —Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast!] Stories Matter...

November 19, 2021: Classroom Libraries

The best decoration in the world is a room full of books. —Billy Baldwin [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast.] Libraries Inspire Readers I grew...

November 12, 2021: Encouragement for Readers and Writers

Knitting is a perfect metaphor for life. You might spend months knitting something, but you could probably unravel the whole thing in hours. —Gabbo de la Parra [Now you can...

November 4, 2021: Empowerment for Readers and Writers

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. —Willie Nelson Asset-Based Approaches During the first few weeks of school, one of my responsibilities was to...

October 29, 2021: Expanding Reading Choices

Let us be grateful for the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. —Marcel Proust [Now you can listen to the Big...

October 22, 2021: Building Community Beyond the Classroom

The purpose of pruning is to improve the quality of the roses, not to hurt the bush. —Florence Littauer [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast.]...

October 15, 2021: Fueling Creativity

The creative adult is the child who has survived. —Ursula K. Le Guin [Now you can listen to the Big Fresh as a podcast.] Choice, Independence, Collaboration, and Precision Sam,...