Make your Planning More Effective With This One Simple Tip!

The new school year is just around the corner. Have you started planning your Writing Workshop? Inherent in Writing Workshop is the use of formative assessment—watching your kids after you

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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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