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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Teaching and Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child

Marie Clay, one of my reading heroes, once said that in order to teach effectively you have to look at and reflect upon every teaching/learning encounter  not through your own

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Think Positively

I’ve never been a person to put much stock in inspirational quotes. As a matter of fact, I have always secretly poked fun at people who put quotes up around

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My Baby Nurse Likes Onsies but Doesn’t like Pants: Keeping the Big Picture in Mind

On Friday, December 28th I came home from the hospital with my sweet girl Ariana. I had a huge entourage with me:  My brother, Josh, my sister in law,Anne,  my

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Listening is Key!

Yes, there is my dear Ariana on her tummy!!!!! I must point out that in both picture  she is wearing very cute outfits…so far takes after her mother…loves to dress

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Staff Development: Coaching versus Demonstration

Welcome Ariana Cate Mermelstein!!!!! First, I want to let all of my friends and colleagues know that my daughter Ariana Cate Mermelstein was born on December 25th, 2012 at 4:15. 

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Teaching and Living with Persistence and Resilience

Read on to see how I coped the week I had head lice, a flat tire and food poisoning all the while being 5 months pregnant… In my last blog,

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Qualities of a Self-Directed Writer

This summer I’ve been hard at work writing a draft of my new book that is about creating self-directed learners in the Writing Workshop.  Today as the school year begins

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