Have you ever wondered how to get kids curious about spelling? If so, read on. Over the holiday break, I read a wonderful new book entitled Spelling It Out by Misty

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The Small Stuff (which really is the big stuff)

Last week, my daughter sat next to me while I was working and wrote a fiction book about fruit and a non-fiction book about balloons. All her idea and all

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The Beauty of Confusion

One thing is for sure. Learning is a messy, uncertain process. Many teachers embrace this idea; while others cringe at the thought of anything that is untidy, or not 100%

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Teacher Engagement

  Do you have time to plan and implement lessons collaboratively with your colleagues? Have you ever watched your students with others, noting what the kids learned and/or are still

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3 Tips For Using Resources Effectively

Are you using a resource to help you teach writing?  Are you feeling overwhelmed and not sure how to use it in a way that promotes joyful and rigorous instruction?

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What does Charlotte’s Web Teach Us about the Importance of Optimism?

Can we change the fate of our students with our optimism? I think we can. Look what optimism did for the pig, Wilbur in the book, Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte contrived

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How Can A Blank Booklet Improve Student Writing?

  Sometime teaching writing doesn’t have to be hard!  Here is a simple technique you can try tomorrow.  Often children tell stories and then we encourage them to write those

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Why “Ask 3 Before Me” Worries Me (And What I Would Do Instead)

How can it be a bad thing that a child is reaching out for help?  Great question. Let me be clear. Partner work is crucial. I want kids to talk,

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There is no question that the start of the year is stressful but maybe there is something that can help !  While it’s true that there is so much to

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In-Classroom Visits:  A Wonderful Way to Learn New Writing Techniques

Many people have asked me what a typical day looks like when I visit a school. Although the work will look different depending upon where I go and what the

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