April 17, 2020

Along with all of the challenges of social distancing, I found one unexpected and exciting benefit: the appearance of new, virtual professional learning opportunities for educators. The first virtual workshop that I attended as a newly-minted distance educator was the Gravity Goldberg LLC Virtual Coaching Co-op on March 25th. By that time, I had settled into online teaching, as my school, Ben Pora...

April 14, 2020

Distance learning is uncharted territory for many of us and can leave us feeling lost and tempted to plan out routes that would never match the roads we’d take in our classrooms. We are thinking about access, support, best practices, AND the fact that we will not be physically present for any of this! These realities may have us thinking that, for now, we can go to worksheets, passages, and book r...

April 7, 2020

Each day, I am in awe of the generosity, support, and love that educators, authors, librarians, and good people from all corners of our learning communities  are offering to each other and to our students. I am also grateful for the educators in my home community for being available and creating choices for students that honor different learning styles and interests. Choice and playfulness are key...

April 3, 2020

Writing is a personalized and vulnerable act. Without a doubt, it takes bravery and courage to put words on paper that will be shared with others, however, by engaging in this process we feel the joy and fulfillment it brings. While students are engaging in home learning experiences, it leaves personalized space for them to look closely at their own writing identities, interests and passions. Duri...

April 1, 2020

Katie Egan Cunningham was one of the first people to post sample home schedules to help us maintain some semblance of structure and routine over the coming weeks. She also posted ideas for choice time, using the themes of connect, create, move, and discover. I was immediately drawn to these themes as they inherently highlight playfulness and joy. I was inspired by Katie’s brilliance and created a...

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