Ann Marie Corgill wrote the beautiful book Of Primary Importance. She loves to paint, send email, read on the floor of the children’s book sections of bookstores, have fun with friends and family, shop in New York City, and eat at restaurants with a great wine list, and she appreciates a good vanilla buttercream cupcake. “I don’t like big dogs, talking on the phone, unloading the dishwasher, desserts with nuts, and saying goodbye.”
Ann Marie Corgill provides some guiding questions to help teachers figure out priorities in their schedules for daily routines.
Ann Marie Corgill’s classroom design series concludes with ideas for organizing classroom libraries and a self-reflection tool for thinking through your classroom design.
Ann Marie Corgill continues her design series, considering the connection between classroom design and values.
Ann Marie Corgill's classroom design series takes you through her process of redesigning a classroom. In the first installment, Ann Marie explains how her designs have become less cutesy and more student-centered over time.
Ann Marie Corgill questions whether her second graders are ready for peer response. She finds that with some guidance and construction of anchor charts together, the answer is a resounding yes.
Ann Marie Corgill explains why a circle arrangement for middle school reading and writing workshop share sessions is vital for helping students focus and respond thoughtfully to peers.
Ann Marie Corgill takes a big risk and pairs her middle-school students randomly for a nonfiction writing project, and finds the risk pays off.
Ann Marie Corgill switches from a 1st to 6th grade classroom, and finds herself immersed in rethinking the “learning landscape” as she unpacks boxes and sets up her classroom. While the room looks a little different, the principles for classroom design are the same. She shares her process in this photo essay.
Ann Marie Corgill shares how she organizes materials for literacy learning in the third installment of her design series.