October 22, 2018

Like so many novice teachers, I recall spending hours before and after school in my second grade classroom while communing with Liz and Denise, who were also new to teaching. The three of us were self-taught workshop teachers. We attended professional development offered by education publishers,  pored over teaching books, and constantly talked our way to understanding and out of our fears that ou...

November 29, 2017

My favorite holiday gift? A pile of books and and no interruptions. Yet, to most of the amazing teens I work with this sounds, well, pathetic. For them, reading is a task to fit in if there’s time, and there’s never time; an adult-onset burden to sugarcoat with SparkNotes, skimming, or secretly writing an English paper by watching the movie version instead.

And I get that—we get that. But I’m here...

How do we get our students to continue to take risks that really matter?

We are born curious. We ask questions. We explore possibilities. We are undeniably interested in all that surrounds us. As we dive deeper into our school year, it is our responsibility to continue creating opportunities for students so that they are able to access that thrill of wonder. We want to build a space where students...

This post was written by consultants Laura Sarsten and Pam Koutrakos.

Have you ever wished you could bottle up that initial start-of-the-year energy we all feel? Many of us instinctively know that some of the most memorable classroom moments are witnessing students beginning to discover who they are as learners: this is tremendously powerful!  Although we can’t keep recreating the first day of...

October 3, 2016

This post is written by teacher and presenter Audrey Friel.

~Did you ever watch an eleven year old boy put together a Lego® set?

~Did you ever try to get your preteen daughter off that fashion app she’s always blogging on to come to the dinner table?

~Have you noticed the eyes of a child in the midst of pretend play outside?

~What about your seven year old making a homemade slingshot out of sticks and...

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