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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You Can’t Force Learning: But You Can Watch and Listen Carefully and Learning Will Unfold

Greetings! Ariana has learned how to sleep in her crib for 12 straight hours!!!!  She is so very proud of herself and I am enjoying the sleep!!! I want to

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Get Excited About The Small Stuff

I’m always imagining all the ‘big stuff’ of Ariana’s life. I can’t wait for her to start talking, walking, singing, –I was so excited for her first smile!  As you

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Three Things to Say To Children Everyday

My friends and colleagues at Parenting Smarts, Ellen Dillon and Norman Stiles,  Parenting Smarts Productions recently posted a wonderful article by Mojo Lisa A. McCrohan that was about the three things

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Read Aloud is Magical at Any Age

Just a quick post today!  Since being home with Ariana, I have been reminded of the importance of both Read Aloud and oral language. Throughout the day, two of Ariana’s

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