Come join us at NCTE Saturday, November 17th(L.46):  Planning Writing Studies That Ignite Teacher and Student Curiosity

Join Karen Cohen Caine, Patricia Vitaly-Reilly, Claire Noonan and me on Saturday, November 17th at NCTE (L 46 4:15-5:30) as we think together about ways to reignite curiosity in both

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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

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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

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  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

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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

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If you are a teacher, it’s safe to say that you have probably experienced professional development that wasn’t, shall we say, as inspiring as you would like it to be.

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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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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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Teacher Engagement

  Do you have time to plan and implement lessons collaboratively with your colleagues? Have you ever watched your students with others, noting what the kids learned and/or are still

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What does Charlotte’s Web Teach Us about the Importance of Optimism?

Can we change the fate of our students with our optimism? I think we can. Look what optimism did for the pig, Wilbur in the book, Charlotte’s Web.  Charlotte contrived

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