Journaling: The Most Important Writing of the Moment

I've now been offering optional screencasted journaling sessions for my fifth graders for a little over a week. Tomorrow marks week three of being away from the classroom. It will be the start of week two for those of us in California sheltering in place. I'm screencasting a new journaling session each day for my … Continue reading Journaling: The Most Important Writing of the Moment

Read Across America: If not Seuss, then who?

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?

Beyond the Textbook: Using Picture Books in Our History Learning, Part 1

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

The Last 20 Days of Literacy Learning: 5 days to go, Drawing Inspiration from an Important Read Aloud

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