Category Archives: Teaching

Seriously Terrific Energizing Activities that Matter: STEAM Education at one elementary school in Los Angeles

AltaSea is a gem of a place located in the heart of  Los Angeles Harbor.  Here, professionals in the business world mix with educators and service providers and all sorts of folks invested in the marine environment and the “blue … Continue reading

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THAT child

I read this blog post a couple of years ago  when it was first written.  I understood it then from a teachers’ point of view. Today it was shared with me again and I realized I have a whole new … Continue reading

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Learning in Public

I got to have a long-breakfast-lunch-time with a treasured colleague who’s become a heart friend last week. Thanks to a once in a blue moon Wednesday holiday from school, he – from the East Coast – Brooklyn – and me from … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a teaching point

I received this text from a colleague this morning: What is the “how” in this teaching point? She queried. I read the part right under “Name your teaching point.” I thought about it. I have not read this entire lesson.  … Continue reading

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Let’s talk about Pokemon Go!

Educators are always looking for an in. Here are a few reasons we need to know something about Pokemon Go! before our students return to school this fall. The technology!  This is Google Maps and Google Earth, coupled with a … Continue reading

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The Real Work of a Principal

When you find yourself sitting in the office of an elementary school principal, just about anything can happen.  It’s the same in a classroom. Just a smaller number of people involved. Same in a district office. More people involved. Exponential … Continue reading

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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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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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What is Reading?

Seriously.  Can we talk? Get ready because there just may be a rant brewing. Sometimes people who teach children to read will say things. And those things offend. Not because they’re intended to do so. Definitely not. Teachers are amazing … Continue reading

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