Category Archives: Students First

Reading Non-Fiction with Power

I’ve spent some time thinking about how to help students read informational text.  If you’re an educator, you have too.  I’ve gathered a lot of strategies across years to further this effort. This is difficult work because often children want … Continue reading

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No More Sound it Out

We’re working as a school on improving our ability to grow students as readers. One of the ways we are doing this is by pulling students into small groups each day and reading with them. We use books that are … Continue reading

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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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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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A Saturday Afternoon, A Prom & The Common Core

Sunday afternoon I sat around a large table with five adults while our high school seniors snapped photos while waiting for the super bus that would whisk them off to senior prom. The six of us began getting acquainted while … 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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