Tag Archives: SOL2015

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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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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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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Why Get Critical About Literacy?

There are many takes on critical literacy. I like this one: Critical literacy is the ability to read text actively in a reflective way to develop a deeper understanding of socially constructed concepts; such as power, inequality and injustice in … 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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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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All this Blogging is Making Me

Late … well, nearly late for work in the morning.  I find myself awakening and very quickly reaching for the phone to check for overnight activity.  You’re right, Fran McVeigh!  This is addictive. Look…at the world in a different way. … Continue reading

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Colleagues and Friends 

Tonight I am sitting outside on a very warm March evening having a light dinner with colleagues who are friends. These are the women who have lifted me up, shared the good, bad and beautiful through the course of my … Continue reading

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