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Documenting for Learning: 8 Steps in a Recursive Process

    Over the last few years, some of the teachers that I support have begun assessing learning without interrupting it in order to test kids. Their commitment to documentation is leading […]

Understanding close reading by reflecting on your own stories

Image by Gris M. via flickr Four years ago, as teachers began digging into the Common Core Learning Standards and making sense of the six shifts that underpin them, questions […]

Cultivating Capacity with Quiet Leadership

  On Tuesday of this week, I was invited to attend a Board of Education meeting at Wellsville Central School to share a bit about the professional learning opportunities I’ve […]

June is for Gratitude

June is my favorite month on the calendar. I get to spend these weeks bringing closure to the work that was done during the school year, working with teams to […]

What Kindergarteners Can Teach Us About Research, Creating Content, and Connected Learning: Part 4

This post is the fourth in a series about research and writing in Heather Bitka’s kindergarten classroom. To learn more about this project’s purpose and outcomes, you might want to […]

What Kindergarteners Can Teach Us About Research, Creating Content, and Connected Learning: Part 3

“What have we been studying in kindergarten this spring?” Heather asked her students. “Things that hatch!” They sang. “And how have we been doing that?” Heather asked. A jumble of […]

What Kindergarteners Can Teach Us About Research, Creating Content, and Connected Learning: Part 2

Today’s post is the second in a series relevant to the learning that has transpired in Lockport teacher Heather Bitka’s kindergarten classroom this spring. I introduced Heather in this post. […]

The Greatest Gift My PLN Gives Me: Permission to Keep it Real

Last week, I had a chance to catch up with Andrea Hernandez. As we began debriefing the Skype session I participated in with her students a while back and what […]

Three Years: Reflecting on What I’ve Learned

When I first became a professional development provider, much of what I was capable of doing was limited to speaking engagements, short-term projects, and workshops. I worked on a team […]

Revisiting Reflective Journals to Define Goals and Needs

Earlier this week, I shared a photo of a reflective journal that one of our Studio writers designed last summer. Although we don’t see each other as often as I’d […]