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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 […]

A Review of Protocols in the Classroom: Tools to Help Students Read, Write, Think, and Collaborate

One of the funny things about parenting as an educator is that often, your children teach you a great deal about things you think you already know a few things […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Reflecting on the Connection Between a Community and Its Children

Tomorrow, I begin a study tour of Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy, thanks to a generous invitation from Lorella Lamonaca, a teacher I’ve met through my work with Scarsdale Public […]

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