April 23, 2020

We know that the amount of time children spend reading has a huge impact. Reading stamina helps support vocabulary development, comprehension, content knowledge, and the joy of getting lost in books. This is why I consulted with a team at google to help them develop Rivet. This application is filled with thousands of books that students in elementary grades can read independently and is designed t...

April 15, 2020

Brene Brown explains “Without feedback there can be no transformative change. When we don’t talk to the people we’re leading about their strengths and their opportunities for growth, they begin to question their contributions and our commitment. Disengagement follows” (2012, p. 197). Every educator and caregiver I am speaking to these days is worried about engagement. I hear this worry in question...

April 8, 2020

My long time friend Kerrie Larosa is a parent coach who helps families in many aspects of parenting. We teamed up a few years ago to create several resources for teachers to share with parents when it comes to home literacy. In this post we share the gradual release of responsibility model in very simple terms with ideas for what this might look like at home. You can find the handout for parents h...

March 18, 2020

For many parents what we feel confident with is correcting our children's work but that is not the same as teaching and it often turns children off to writing. Here are a few ways to continue to support writing at home that are encouraging and fun. 


Create a time each day to tell stories. You can decide with your child if you want them to be true stories (The time when I was at camp a...

March 14, 2020

Seth Godin recently wrote, "Day by day, step by step, the present becomes the future, and we make the best decisions that we can." This feels even more important now that schools are closed, distance learning is happening, and children are home all day. It forces us to make some changes and the uncertainty of change is often anxiety producing and sometimes just plain scary. Maintaining a connectio...

January 8, 2018

Over the winter break I was at party with a talented, but rather loud band playing. I kept trying to have conversations with other party goers but I only picked up every few words. I got the gist of what others were saying, but I missed many of the nuances and details and I relied on the speaker’s body language and facial expressions to help me fill in the gaps. I realized I had to work hard and b...

October 29, 2017

Whenever we have the privilege of walking into a classroom we have a choice about where we put our attention. If we zoom in on the teacher we may notice the directions and language she uses, the length of time she has been talking, and the book she holds in her hands. All of these observations can offer some insight into the instruction in this classroom but also severely limits the type of inform...

December 30, 2015

On Being a Miner, a Mirror, a Model, and a Mentor

It’s exciting to see students taking on roles that show a high level of ownership and independence. These readers have a confidence in their reading work; they make decisions and take risks that help them grow. One of the greatest shifts that allows this to happen has to do with the roles we teachers take on. While the teachers in these classrooms s...

October 15, 2015

One of the privileges of my job is that I get to sit with teachers during professional development sessions, workshops, and study groups and witness the many ways teachers are showing up as learners.  In this post I highlight three main ways teachers are showing up that are worth our attention and our celebration.

Teachers show up when they lean in to the discomfort that change can bring.

Just when...

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