Category Archives: Child Matters

The School Year & School Day

A couple of weeks ago I gave my first “Pizza with the Principal”.  I modeled it after one given by a colleague who is principal at a local middle school.  (He does a great parent meeting.)  It was an evening … Continue reading

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The Intimacy of Colleagues in Common

 There is an intimacy found with colleagues who are passionate about literacy and children’s learning that I find nowhere outside these circles.  When we sit together and share our learning, our thoughts, our resources and concerns, the talk often stretches … Continue reading

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If….

I saw this beautiful video posted on a friend’s Facebook page.  Go ahead, take a peek. When I watched this video, I realized something. I realized that I could actually feel each stretch, developee, tendue, demi plie as I saw the … Continue reading

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Recovery Matters

So, I had surgery right before Christmas.  It wasn’t a small thing. It was a big thing, although not life threatening unless you consider it was surgery.  It was the kind of operation that was so necessary I couldn’t wait. … Continue reading

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Writerly Matters

Second grade classroom a little before lunch. Students writing. Teacher sitting at a kidney table with a small group of children. Air heavy in this classroom. A quiet pervades, except for the voice of the teacher with that small group. … Continue reading

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Child Matters: Test Scores, Community, Growth

What happens with a staff full of teachers meet to view their Smarter Balanced test data for the first time? Continue reading

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Child Matters

It’s Thursday night. It’s been a great second week of school.  The kids have been on campus for eight days now. Eight important, formative, instructional days. The campus is abuzz and it sounds something like this: “I feel like I … Continue reading

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Instructional North Stars

There is so much to learn and so much to teach! Sometimes it can become overwhelming. Sorting through what is critical, what is important and what is still important but not top priority at present can be daunting. Still, teaching … Continue reading

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