Getting Books in Their Hands from a Distance: It Takes a Vision & a Village

This past Friday, teachers, aides, my principal, our secretary, our custodians, a crew of parents, and community members came together to make sure our close to 400 distance learning students in kindergarten through fifth grade have access to physical books to read for the next few weeks. In 5th grade, our students even chose their … Continue reading Getting Books in Their Hands from a Distance: It Takes a Vision & a Village

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #11 Get Books in Their Hands ASAP

Friday, March 13, 20207:30 - My grade level team and I met in one of our classrooms for our usual early morning chat. "Think today will be the day?" We knew it was only a matter of time before our school district would make the call to close schools. "I don't know. I don't know … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #11 Get Books in Their Hands ASAP

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #10 Keep it Simple- Embrace the Power of Just One!

One Moment in Time- Whitney HoustonOnce in a Lifetime- Talking HeadsOne Way or Another- BlondieOne Love- Bob MarleyOne- Three Dog NightOnce- Pearl JamOne- MetallicaOne- U2 One, Singular Sensation... for years, musicians have embraced the message and power of one. It's about time educators do as well. Mistakes I Made in the Spring of 2020 I … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #10 Keep it Simple- Embrace the Power of Just One!

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #9 Prioritize Conferring from the Start

This is going to be a tough one to write. It's going to be honest, and it isn't going to be pretty. My goal as a teacher-writer isn't to paint myself in a glowing light. Quite the contrary, in fact. My goal is to show myself as I truly am: a flawed but dedicated classroom … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #9 Prioritize Conferring from the Start