Teacher Guilt

I have felt guilty about my job since the first year that I started teaching.  I have always felt that I did not do enough, didn’t contact parents enough, didn’t make it fun enough, didn’t write down observations or assessments enough, didn’t do enough intervention with those struggling readers, writers, mathematicians, didn’t do all of […]

#Booksnaps

“Booksnaps” are visual responses to texts that students are reading.  When I first saw #BookSnaps on Twitter I was a little confused.  There were a lot of “Bitmojis” and “emojis” pasted on pictures of text.  My understanding was that the students were providing a personal reaction to the books that they were reading.  I certainly […]

Deep Learning in Inquiry (Part 2)

In reading part one of my inquiry blog, one might think, “That’s all lots of fun, but building a bee house isn’t exactly something that I can write on the report card.”  You would be absolutely right.  The learning is imbedded in the exciting things.  It is intentional and it is authentic.  Connecting with a […]

“Bee”ginning Inquiry Part 1

The Provocation After many years of marriage my husband realizes that any trip outside the house might result in bringing home something that will inevitably end up in my classroom.  Generally a trip to Costco is pretty safe.  I might come home with a few books for the classroom library.  A few weeks ago, however, […]

Twitter EDU

Over the last few years many people have become disgusted and disenchanted with the platform of Twitter.  I agree that it can be an echo chamber for those who like to hear their own voice.  However, I also know that it can be an effective Professional Learning tool.  I have created an entire Professional Learning […]

Free Creation Apps to Show Student Thinking

I was asked to present a workshop about using technology in the Primary grades over a year ago and got into a debate with the Principal at the host school about apps.  The Principal was quite excited about the apps that he intended to purchase for his teachers to use with their students and he […]

The Virtues of Non Fiction Reading and Writing – Part 2

Our Journey We began by identifying the books in our book bags as fiction or nonfiction.  The students justified how they knew if a book was fiction or nonfiction.  In small groups the students compiled lists of nonfiction text features that they noticed in their stack of chosen books.  As a class we went through the […]

The Virtues of Non Fiction Reading and Writing – Part 1

Many years ago at a Reading for the Love of It Conference, I listened to author and educator Tony Stead speak about the virtues of teaching non-fiction reading and writing in the elementary grades. It was an “ah-ha” moment for me as an educator. As an adult the majority of the text that we interact with […]

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