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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 […]

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 […]

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