Category Archives: SOL2015

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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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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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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Less Than 10 Minutes To Write

Today I did a ton of writing. I was on my computer most of the day. But it was not the kind of writing one posts to a blog. I wrote for work. I wrote professionally for others. Norbert whined … Continue reading

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The Power & Beauty of One Little Word

  I haven’t written about her yet.  But she moves powerfully as she threads through my psyche. I went to a retreat right before the new year. I hadn’t even heard of sand play before, but I got to try … Continue reading

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Valuing with Accuracy: Seeing myself in the mirror of you.

I have some questions. Consider them with me if you would. Do we know how to value ourselves without the help of others? Whose responsibility is it to be sure we are truly seen? How can we make ourselves understood … Continue reading

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Got Water?

I drove up the Coast Highway toward a short getaway in Cambria, California last year between the NCTE conference in Washington DC and Thanksgiving Break. XM Radio playing my favorite music, my thoughts ran between events of the past week … Continue reading

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Thinking About History & Hamilton

So, I’m getting ready to go to this reunion a week from Saturday. (Well, I’m thinking and talking a lot about it.) Today a colleague showed me this video. featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda doing a rap. It’s cool. But what’s cooler … Continue reading

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