Read Across America is coming up this Monday, March 2nd. Originally, the National Education Association (NEA) started this nation-wide event on the birthday of political cartoonist turned children's book author Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, to celebrate and promote reading. In 2018, the NEA dropped the celebration of Dr. Seuss in favor of … Continue reading Read Across America: If not Seuss, then who?
Some picture books make us laugh. Others tug at our heart strings and make us cry. Many support our work in studying the craft of writing. Then, there are some that just truly stop us in our tracks. Today's picture book read aloud, The People Shall Continue written by Simon J. Ortiz and illustrated by … Continue reading Beyond the Textbook: Using Picture Books in Our History Learning, Part 1
Written off and on a week or so after the last day of school while enjoying a weekend away in the woods at Northern California's Russian River and also in my backyard after summer school. All posts in this blog series can be found here. If you're a classroom teacher, you can probably understand why it … Continue reading 180 Days of Literacy Learning: Three Things That Mattered Most
Written while enjoying a rare Bay Area rainy Sunday morning in late May with coffee. All posts in this blog series can be found here. "Wow- you're still teaching?" These words were actually said to me last week when I was asked what my students were doing in class right before lunch on Friday. "Yes, I'm … Continue reading The Last 20 Days of Literacy Learning: 5 days to go, Drawing Inspiration from an Important Read Aloud
Post #7 in the Last 20 Days of Literacy Series… Written while scarfing down a salad during my 40 minute, oddly uninterrupted, lunch. All posts in this blog series can be found here. The absolute best thing that has happened in my classroom this school year has been our commitment to reading a picture book a … Continue reading The Last 20 Days of Literacy Learning: 13 Days to Go, Classroom Book a Day- Pride