September 4, 2018

I can still remember planning a math lesson after school during my second year teaching. I turned to look out the window, hoping to get a view of the autumn afternoon. Instead I was met by my reflection. It was pitch black outside and there I was, sitting at a table under fluorescent light. How long had I been sitting there?

I was stuck. That week we were working on the properties of multiplication...

March 26, 2017

Here’s what it used to sound like when I used mentor texts in my writing workshop early on in my teaching:

Me: Take a look at this piece from Cynthia Rylant. Do you see how she used figurative language in her writing? You should use figurative language just like Cynthia Rylant. Off you go!

My students: I don’t get it (a glazed look in their eyes and a wrinkle of confusion above their noses).

I realiz...

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