October 29, 2018


When I was growing up, there was no word study in schools. We had phonics, and then spelling, and then word of the day. My classmates and I were keenly aware of who who got the colorful stickers, and who didn’t. New words appeared on the chalkboard and in our lives as lists to be memorized—and forgotten. They were a part of school, but never a meaningful part of us. There was no curiosity about w...

August 19, 2018

For years in my classroom, literacy was the “it girl” getting all the attention and beginning-of-the-year hoopla: inquiry-driven immersion weeks and pep rally launch units for both reading and writing. Eventually, word study also got its due, as we kicked off a year of exciting word collecting with a logophile’s launch. Math… just started. So serious, so blah, so… typical. It wasn’t hard to see th...

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