The Pause: How it helps me as both a parent and teacher

In today’s quick blog post, I want to share some thoughts  about pausing and how pausing before I react helps me both as a parent and a teacher. I just

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What I am learning about teaching from parenting…

Trying to blog while working and keeping up with a very active toddler has been challenging, but here are some quick thoughts I have about   both parenting and teaching.

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Best Conference Ever: The Story of My Conference with James

A few weeks ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to confer with a 2nd grade boy at Turnpike Elementary School named James.  It was an eye opening experience for many

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The Sunshine Award

I am so honored to have been nominated for the Sunshine Award by Renee Dinnerstein. Thanks, Renee! The Sunshine Award is a lovely way that bloggers recognize each other. Basically,

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Self-Directed Learning: How a typical lesson can become an avenue for getting kids to become more self-directed

In today’s post,  I want to share some of the work I did with the 3rd teachers at PS 230 in Brooklyn, New York.  When I met  with this group

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Let’s Start Sharing Ways to Help Students become More Self Directed

I hope everybody has had a great start to their school year. I am planning on using my blog for the next few months  as a vehicle for people to

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Self-Directed Writers: The Third Essential Element in The Writing Workshop

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to announce that my new book is out!  This book will help you create self-directed writers while still upholding a standards based classroom. I sincerely

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It’s the end of the school year and Ariana is 6 months old: What I have learned from both parenting and teaching

I plan on taking a break from blogging this summer to enjoy my sweet little girl! I hope all of you have a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation and/or

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Teaching Persistence: What I Learned from Watching Ariana

I am thrilled  to share the cover of my upcoming book!  9780325048000-1 This book, which is due to come out this August,  looks at how to create self-directed learners in

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Taking Risks Pays Off in Both Parenting and Teaching

     I am sharing the two pictures above because both show big risks I have recently taken  in my parenting. Both times, taking this risk, although nerve wracking,  brought

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