April 30, 2020

This post will not be eloquent or highly academic.  It will not offer wonderful new possibilities for at-home learning or unique ways to reach our students.  It will just be what’s really on my mind right now.  

For the time being, I have given up the word expectation. I have NO expectations for students. Zero. Zip. Zilch.  There are just too many unknowns...  

I don’t know...

May 7, 2019

I am constantly amazed by how people view middle schoolers. When I meet people and it comes up that I am a teacher, the response often starts with an Awww, that must be a challenging job, and then turns to a dramatic “Why on earth would you want to...?”  when I tell them I teach in a middle school. No matter how passionately I explain how much I love this age of learners and that these students su...

January 31, 2019

“Readers let’s take a look at our anchor chart. Which conversational starter will you use in your discussions today? Choose one and jot it down. This will help keep your conversation going.”  

I was certain that this lesson, or ones like this, were supporting students’ discussions. They were making a decision as to which sentence starter to use, so there was choice. They were using the sentence sta...

June 12, 2018

“The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”  

― Malcolm Gladwell

Books are a natural “tipper.” They energize, tip us to tears or giggles or electric moments of insight. Many books inspire action-taking, and the do-gooding spreads!  Look at those dandelion seeds in the image above. One gentle breeze and they ar...

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