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,

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Have you ever wondered how to get kids curious about spelling? If so, read on. Over the holiday break, I read a wonderful new book entitled Spelling It Out by Misty

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The Small Stuff (which really is the big stuff)

Last week, my daughter sat next to me while I was working and wrote a fiction book about fruit and a non-fiction book about balloons. All her idea and all

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The Beauty of Confusion

One thing is for sure. Learning is a messy, uncertain process. Many teachers embrace this idea; while others cringe at the thought of anything that is untidy, or not 100%

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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

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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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