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: #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

15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #7 Establishing Routines for Learning

After starting to establish relationships with students, perhaps the next most important action we can start to work toward is establishing predictable and consistent, yet flexible routines and procedures for learning. When routines are in place and understood by all involved, it's much easier for a seamless school day to take place. I'll never forget … Continue reading 15 Lessons Learned for the 2020-21 School Year: #7 Establishing Routines for Learning

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