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Review: THRIVE: 5 WAYS TO (RE)INVIGORATE YOUR TEACHING by Meenoo Rami

I’ve read quite a bit lately about the many issues plaguing education. What a refreshing change to read a book by an author who understands all of that, sees through the morass, and cares enough about her profession to help … Continue reading

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Our Book Graffiti Wall

As a big believer in the power of choice in nurturing young independent readers, I’m always looking for interesting ways to activate and motivate students in that direction. Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2014) gave me quite a … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: Blythe Baird on Filming DIVERGENT

One of the best-known and best-liked members of our school’s Class of 2014 is Blythe Baird. Although Blythe has never been in one of my classes, we have worked together on various aspects of our school’s Writers Week. I admire … Continue reading

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What’s Not Wrong? April 3 Edition

Every so often my classes do a little activity called What’s Not Wrong? It takes about four or five minutes. The idea is to forego thinking about all of our problems and simply write down one thing that is absolutely … Continue reading

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A Letter to My Mentor

Originally posted on City Girl With A Country Heart:
Dear Mr. Anderson, I know this may seem unconventional, writing a letter to you via blog rather than sending you a real letter. I will send you a letter, I promise…

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Seven Short Book Reviews

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner Francesca’s life is complicated. She has a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend. She blames herself for the drowning of her younger brother, and her father may be having an affair with … Continue reading

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A Few Baseball Books: Spring Training Edition

With the 2014 baseball season rapidly approaching, I’m a little behind on posting my annual assortment of baseball books. Here are four picture books, one middle-grade novel, and six nonfiction works that baseball fans might enjoy. A couple of these reviews … Continue reading

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Writers Week XX: Let’s Go

Tomorrow morning our school begins Writers Week XX, our annual celebration of writing. During every period of the day for an entire week our auditorium will be the setting for a session about what writing is and what it means … Continue reading

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To A New Teacher Struggling with Common Core

After two months, I still think about her question every day: “What do you tell young teachers who are struggling with Common Core?” The questioner was a pre-service teacher a few weeks away from beginning her student-teaching experience. The place … Continue reading

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Review: UNLEASHING THE POSITIVE POWER OF DIFFERENCES: POLARITY THINKING IN OUR SCHOOLS by Jane A. G. Kise

Some of the most frustrating experiences for educators result from pendulum swings—those predictable actions and reactions that come from programming launched in response to the weaknesses of a previous program that was itself developed to address the weaknesses of what … Continue reading

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