Homework:  Six Ways That Teachers and Parents Can Work Together To Make Homework More Joyful and More Impactful

              Isn’t it strange how sometimes your best learning comes in your worst moments—those moments when your stress and exhaustion levels are so high,

Share
My Daughter Started Kindergarten:  What Did I Learn From Her Shaky Start?

My daughter started Kindergarten last week. This was a huge milestone for both of us, but we thought we were ready.  We had the ‘flippy’ backpack, a fancy new lunch

Share
Empathy, Flexibility and Choice: The Cornerstones of Independent Writing

This summer I took off my literacy consultant hat for two weeks and replaced it with my teaching hat. I taught Writing Camp at Project Write Now for two glorious

Share
Finding The ‘Right’ Balance

I’m one proud mama! In the past week, my baby graduated from preschool and did a solo gymnastics routine.  She even ended with a cartwheel (which was HUGE as she

Share

  On Saturday May 5th, Karen Caine and I held our first Saturday Writing (www.saturdaywriting.com). We had the privilege of working with amazing educators from New Jersey school districts such

Share
Planning Writing Units of Study:  How Much Planning is Enough?

Six years ago, I made the hard, but wonderful decision to try and become a single mom by choice. As part of the process, I had to speak to a

Share

There are very few people who would disagree with the idea that talk is an essential part of Writing Workshop. But what kinds of talk should kids do? And how

Share

Have you ever had an ‘aha’ teaching moment? A moment when you realize you want to make a change to how you’ve always done something. And then even more exciting,

Share
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

Share

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

Share