My advice to aspiring writers is to read, read, read. The more you read, the stronger writing you’ll become. If you love a book, read it twice so that you can study it and figure out what the author did to pull you in, to
Over the last several months, teachers, students, and families have experienced several different learning platforms and iterations of school. Throughout the experiences, both parents and caregivers have expressed the challenges of writing instruction in a virtual or hybrid model.
I’ve always recognized the challenges of writing instruction,
In March of 2020 life came to a SCREECHING halt. For a brief moment I think we all kind of looked at the “two-week quarantine” as an opportunity to slow down for a minute and count our blessings. That is, of course, only to quickly realize that
My youngest daughter and I are list makers. We make lists before we go to the grocery store, when we pack, and as we consider our tasks for the day. Our lists help us organize ourselves within our too-much-to-do lives. Lately, I’ve been talking to
“A good beginning makes a good ending” goes the old English proverb. And likewise: “Work well begun is work half done.”
The most effective teachers don’t take student engagement for granted. Yet in our work in classrooms, we see that not enough attention is paid to good beginnings; this lack
We find the same issues cropping up in conversations with thousands of teachers across the U.S.
You face a high-stakes conundrum when it comes to planning instruction: either create curriculum from scratch, cobbling together their own resources with ones from online repositories that have little to no quality control OR follow a mandated, scripted
By about this time of the year, most teachers have experienced the sensation of playing Whack-A-Mole: They keep addressing and re-addressing the students who aren’t quite where they should be when they should be, and then, by the time those students are in their places, other
I was sitting in a chair at a salon when a young lady, who looked to be about 13 or 14, walked in inquiring about getting her hair braided prior to the beginning of the school year. In an effort to make conversation, I asked
Many schools are embarking on a schoolwide professional journey that asks teachers to incorporate discipline-specific literacy practices (reading, writing, viewing, reasoning, and communicating) in ways that mirror the practices of experts. This is disciplinary literacy — a necessary shift in instruction and learning that will help students be more prepared