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...

March 9, 2018

Once upon a time, as pure as a fairy tale, it seemed as if math was all about algorithms and right answers. But times, they are a’changing. It is no longer enough for math learners to correctly compute. Today, the expectation is for students to have a full-bodied, rich understanding of math concepts and the ability to communicate their knowledge. It’s part of a broader trend in education to  to de...

January 6, 2018


As the year comes to a close and a new year begins, I think of all the people I am blessed to have in my life. My family, my husband, the teachers I collaborate with,  students,colleagues, and friends old and new. It seems as we move through our days, we are like mama kangaroos picking up new moments and mentors to tuck safe inside our pouches to cherish.

What’s curious, though, is that when I’m h...

May 11, 2016

This post is written by teacher and presenter Audrey Friel.

Growth mindset, effort, perseverance, grit, vigor, rigor, wit, flow, daring, motivation, praise, metacognition… it goes on and on.  The current verbiage that can strangle a poor, novice, teacher interviewee – or a seasoned teacher like myself!

What does this all mean?  How does it translate to the actual classroom?  More importantly to the...

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