Category Archives: Truths

Dear Younger Me,

I know you think you’re stuck. You’re afraid that you’ll never get to go to college. You’re afraid of relationships not panning out. You don’t know you’re good enough, smart enough, strong enough.  But you are. You’re uncertain how to … Continue reading

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A Pinch of Green

Today was free dress day at the Sweetest Little School by the Sea. Children spilled off buses and piled out of cars wearing flouncy skirts, poofy sleeves, suit coats and neckties. A couple boys and a girl or two donned bowties. … Continue reading

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One Mile Matters

“Come on, Aury! You can do it!” Yelled the parents waiting at the finish line.  “Push, push, push!” encouraged one mom. In came three more students, Justin, Javier, Kara.  “Nine minutes, fifteen seconds,” said the teacher keeping time. Sweat pooled … 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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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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Roast Chicken & Random Acts of Kindness

    This week is Random Acts of Kindness week at the Sweetest Little School by the Sea.  It came about as the result of a conversation with our insightful and lovely psychologist a few weeks ago. Mrs. Turner related … Continue reading

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