Reggio Reflections: Complexity and Contemporaneous Activity

Dr. Diane Kashin was the first to challenge my thinking about pre-cut materials and activities. My study tour of Reggio Emilia schools deepened my understandings as well. This week, I’m reflecting on […]

Uncovering and Discovering Learning Goals as We Make, Read, and Write: A Guest Post by Melanie Mulcaster

Today, I’m thrilled to welcome teacher-librarian Melanie Mulcaster to my little corner of the web. Melanie has made a home at Hillside Public School in Mississauga, Ontario. I had the […]

Reggio Reflections: Implicit Questioning and the Art of Hanging Questions in the Air

My visit to Reggio reminded me that learning is a social construct. It’s not an accumulation of knowledge, but a construction of meaning that emerges from learners’ interpretation of the […]

Ten Ways to Support a Poet During National Poetry Month

Poets are map makers, and their words are a complex compass rose. That’s because they’re wise enough to know that wanderers (and wonderers) need more than four directions. Each line […]

Reggio Reflections: Communicating Complex Ideas when Print Creates a Barrier

This is the third in a series of reflections made upon my return from a study tour of Reggio Emilia schools. You may find the other posts here, as I […]

Reggio Reflections: Four Tools that Add Richness and Complexity to Our Studios and Makerspaces

This post is the second in a set of reflections upon returning from a study tour of Reggio Emilia schools. I’m linking all of the posts to this anchor page […]

Reggio Reflections: Could Making Elevate Complexity in the Writing Workshop?

This was one of the first provocations that emerged from our morning conversations at the Loris Malaguzzi Center on that very first day in Reggio Emilia: How might we help […]

Creating Intelligent Contexts for Learning: 10 Lessons I Brought Home from Reggio Emilia

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join Lorella Lamonaca and her colleagues for a study tour of Reggio Emilia schools.  Planning this trip to Italy was a bit […]

Beyond Literary Analysis: Teaching Students to Write with Passion and Authority About Any Text–A Review

  It’s been a very long time since I’ve had a complete weekend to myself. The last several months have been a whirlwind of travel, project deadlines, and girls’ hockey […]

The Future-Ready Learner and Writer

Thanks to the immediacy of the web, learners of all ages and experience levels have access to audiences that print-only spaces have previously denied them. Digital publishing dominates all industries, […]