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...

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...

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