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I’m Not Sure Which Common Core You’re Reading, But Mine Supports Choice

Students’ ability to read complex text does not always develop in a linear fashion. Although the progression of Reading standard 10 (see below) defines required grade-by-grade growth in students’ ability […]

Thank You for Keeping the Light On

  I know. I’ve been away a long time. Forgive me? I’ve been off listening more than I speak. Reading more than I write. Teaching in ways that I never […]

Coaching the Common Core

I’m gearing up for a winter and spring filled with different instructional coaching experiences. I’m looking forward to this more than any other work I’ve been involved with so far […]

Research and Writing in Kindergarten:Part 5

This post is the fifth 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 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 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. […]

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Research and Writing in Kindergarten

Last week, I introduced you to Heather Bitka, a Lockport Elementary Teacher that I have been co-planning an integrated writing unit with this spring. This experience enabled Heather, myself, visiting […]

Thinkers Who Inspire Me

On my Kindle this week: The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly by Alan Briskin, Sheryl Erickson, John Ott, and Tom Callanan. Forward by Peter Senge. […]

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 […]

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Teaching All Learners to Advocate for Their Needs

Reflective Journaling Enables Learners to Assess Their Needs As a teacher, when I began my own search for self-advocacy protocols, strategies, and processes, my efforts led me to countless books, […]