Monthly Archives: March 2015

500th Follower

I remember exactly when I decided I had a goal of reaching 500 Twitter followers. It was a number of months ago. I witnessed my friend, Julieanne Harmatz, gain her 1,000th follower. (She’s now up to almost 1,500.) I watched … Continue reading

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Awards for a NYC Weekend

Fastest Ride to LAX:  Goes to my son. Slow down and be safe honey, someone wants you to survive college intact! Squishiest Airline Seat Ever:  Delta – wow. They’ve squeezed in a couple more rows now. At least we can … Continue reading

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If you give a writer a forum…

If you give a writer a forum, she just may want to tell you about awakening to a tweet from a blogging champion. “So, what time are we thinking for brunch?” And if she tells you about the blogging champion’s … Continue reading

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Amped Up on Literacy

I’m pretty sure today was one of the best days ever for me in terms of professional study. I mean, I have blog post drafts titled Patricia Pollacco, Carl Anderson & Kylene Beers. I sat in sessions with these literary … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t I Think of That?

  Reading through the schedule for tomorrow’s Saturday Reunion at Teachers College in New York, I am struck by a thought that haunts me. Why didn’t I think of that? I have that thought again and again when I read … Continue reading

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Woke up Late, Ma’am.

I worked at a local middle school today where West Point Academy was sponsoring an all-day STEM workshop and competition. Cadets and officers were in attendance along with about 200 students ranging from fourth to eleventh grade. I stood at the … Continue reading

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Text + Questioning = Critical Literacy

This morning I had opportunity to be in classrooms working with 3rd and 4th-grade students on reading a visual text. (I played a video.) I was aiming to set them up to do some critical reading work. I wanted to point … Continue reading

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