May 5, 2020

There’s comfort in the familiar: familiar faces, familiar places, familiar experiences. The challenge to find familiar during this period of unexpected unfamiliar led us to, of all places, our camera rolls. Yes, that’s right. Our gallery of pictures featuring the faces of our students, our classroom walls, our hallways, our colleagues, our students’ work- it brought instantaneous comfort. We wante...

April 17, 2020

Along with all of the challenges of social distancing, I found one unexpected and exciting benefit: the appearance of new, virtual professional learning opportunities for educators. The first virtual workshop that I attended as a newly-minted distance educator was the Gravity Goldberg LLC Virtual Coaching Co-op on March 25th. By that time, I had settled into online teaching, as my school, Ben Pora...

April 13, 2020

Reading. The enjoyment of reading is not about finding the main idea or answering questions about the details in the text. It’s about being able to find the joy in reading a story that allows you to enter a new world while you connect with characters - characters that we end up getting to know like we would our friends! This is why I love reading. So, now that I have kids, I get to share this love...

April 1, 2020

Katie Egan Cunningham was one of the first people to post sample home schedules to help us maintain some semblance of structure and routine over the coming weeks. She also posted ideas for choice time, using the themes of connect, create, move, and discover. I was immediately drawn to these themes as they inherently highlight playfulness and joy. I was inspired by Katie’s brilliance and created a...

March 27, 2020

How can we get through this? As a licensed clinical social worker and a parent coach I am receiving a lot of questions about what to do, how to manage and how in the world will we get through this. There is uncertainty around health, family incomes, the state of the economy, and the social-emotional impact of social distancing and the resulting social isolation. This is uncharted territory and unf...

March 26, 2020

Fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian, memoir, realistic fiction, graphic novels, comic strips, cookbooks…. the types of texts are endless! During the school year, readers certainly experience many different genres, but perhaps this unexpected time at home opens the door to explore a new genre they are curious about. 

At a time when learners are truly steering their own ship, as thousands of students embark o...

March 25, 2020

I trust we all love Ferris Bueller and remember the “life moves pretty fast” advice? Well, there’s no doubt that right now, life is moving pretty fast… and stopping makes a lot of sense. Not because we don't want to miss a moment of this experience, but instead because when life feels like it’s speeding up, slowing down can relieve some of the anxiety and panic we are feeling. This brings me to th...

March 23, 2020

We play many different roles throughout our day - spouse, parent, employee, friend. Each of our roles are generally defined by our location - home, work, community. Yet, right now we have one place for all these roles - our home. On top of this mixing of our safest space, many of us have accepted the challenge of a new role - the face-to-face teacher for our children. While we continue to work, ca...

March 20, 2020

Instructional coaches thrive on supporting colleagues, students, and community members. As schools transition to online learning and home learning, there are a lot of unknowns. Coaches might wonder about how to provide support and ponder concrete ways to make a real difference. Here are five suggestions to get your wheels spinning:

1. Vet and compile the incredible resources people are generously p...

March 19, 2020

Like many others, my mind has been preoccupied with thoughts of the children in my home, my extended family, students near and far, colleagues supporting all those students- and their own families… and of course, our community at large. Two days ago, I imagined writing a few different blogs, each with unique ideas and resources for preschoolers, elementary school students, and older students at ho...

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