March 30, 2017

In my previous posts we discussed the importance of being curious as well as ways we can breathe in individual and creative ways to respond to information.

We can use the notebook in new innovative ways so that readers don’t only fill their pages with new learnings and fact findings, but also uncover their own questions and curiosities surrounding the information they are reading about. In doing so...

March 19, 2017

Questions often wake us up and provide us all with a chance to unearth some of our own thoughts, beliefs, and wisdoms. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with a group of 8th grade teachers where we got into a deep conversation about the various ways students can think and interact with the texts they read. I was in the midst of sharing a few different strategies, jotting ideas and doing some...

This post is written by teachers Laura Sarsten and Pam Koutrakos.

We celebrate to lift one another, ourselves, and our work to places we did not know we could go. Significant or small, celebrating the journey along with our students allows everyone to slow down, reflect, honor, and simply acknowledge our efforts. We realized that once we began developing a more mindful presence, our celebrations to...

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