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Small Moment Stories: Documenting the Unexpected

October found me in classrooms in and around New York State, facilitating lesson studies for writing teachers at the elementary and middle levels. This is some of the most rewarding […]

Becoming a Better Teacher of Writing by Documenting the Unexpected

“I develop theories based on lived experiences, not existing theories.” Dr. Brene Brown   Traditional researchers and documentarians deepen their learning by exploring the theories shared by the giants who […]

Staying Hungry: How Documentation Keeps Me Curious and Increases My Teacher Joy

My interest in documentation began well over a decade ago, at the height of the standardized testing mess that so many teachers were talking about and in response to my […]

Reggio Reflections: Weaving Rather than Walking a Line

I’d never heard of a coulee before I visited Monica Huebner’s classroom on my recent trip to Eric Harvie School in Calgary. “They’re a kind of land formation,” she told […]

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 […]

Creating Intelligent Contexts for Learning: 6 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 […]

Teaching Civil Rights to Kindergarteners: Research and Information Writing

Two weeks ago, Laurie Schultz invited me to coach in her kindergarten writing workshop at John T. Waugh Elementary School in Lake Shore. I’m always grateful to work with Laurie. […]

Research and Information Writing: A Play-Based Approach in Kindergarten

Last week, I had the great fortune to coach research and information writing in Melanie Jones’s kindergarten class at John T. Waugh Elementary School in Lake Shore, New York. We […]

Making and Writing: Get Beyond the Gimmicks

This month, I’ll be celebrating the second birthday of Make Writing, the little book that could. When I wrote it, I never imagined that I would get to meet and […]

Journey Maps Help Students and Teachers Tell Their Learning Stories

Schools have become increasingly skilled at gathering data about learners–particularly quantitative data in the form of standardized and local test scores. But these data often fail to communicate the most […]

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