5 Ways to Make Your Minilessons Stickier

When my daughter, Ariana, turned 3, we started talking about family chores. Initially, her understanding was surface level, but this year, her list of chores has grown and our conversations

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Minilessons: How to make them more effective and less stressful!

Picture this classroom scene. You are teaching a writing minilesson. When the lesson is completed, you ask students to try what you just taught. For some, this is no big

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Happy New School Year!

My daughter, Ariana, recently started PK3.  I assumed the amount of time to myself would be a game changer (6 hours a day, 5 days a week, hooray for universal

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When Self-Direction Isn’t Working: A Honest Look At The Bumps in the Road

I’ve been meaning to blog for the last few months, but truthfully I couldn’t.  I am in the midst of a difficult time with my daughter.  There’s been a bump

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Planning Writing Units of Study

Lately, I’ve been planning a lot of Writing Units of Study. Yes, the teachers I work with plan their own Units of Study! It’s hard work, especially the first few

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Back to blogging and back to school

As August comes to a close, I am getting excited for a new year filled with teaching and blogging! Last year was a challenging one for me.  The politics and

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Happy New Year!

It’s been a long time! I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. Although I have been busy this summer keeping up with an active toddler, I

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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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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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