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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 […]

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 […]

Four Lessons About Writing that I Learned from Makers

When I’m asked to get specific about what it means to MAKE writing, I often find myself sharing stories that underpin four of the largest lessons I learned from watching […]

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 […]

One Framework to Rule them All

How might school leaders use this framework to design, launch, and work through varied iterations of their theories of change?¬†How might teachers use this same framework to design, launch, 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 […]

That Kid

You know that kid: The one who walks wearily into the room, throwing himself into a seat and casting his eyes at the clock, the window, and the door. He’s […]

The Fire Starters: Making to Ignite Critical Thinking in the Writing Workshop

Earlier this month, I began sharing the four ways I notice making enriching writing in the workshops that I facilitate and coach in. In my work, that’s what I’m constantly […]

A Matrix for Designing Rich Learning Experiences

Consider complexity:   Now, distinguish it from richness:   I’m wondering….. ….about the relationship between complexity and richness. ….about the pursuit of complexity at the expense of richness. ….how¬†complexity might […]