Skilled Writers Get Editors: Student Writers Get ________?

On occasion, I hear a statement that captures how much the classroom differs from the real world. Such was the case at the International Reading Association Conference in Boston (July 9-11, 2016) when literacy consultant Mark Overmeyer noted that in the real world: “Our most skilled writers have editors…the more skilled the writer, the more editors” [...]

By | July 14th, 2016|Literacy|0 Comments

Literature Circles in Middle School: Mini-Lessons

Rather than teach a full-class book at the end of the 2015-16 school year, I opted to have my 8th graders read in literature circles. They had the choice between six historical YA lit novels. Each day students met in their literature circles they had certain procedures they were expected to follow. Even though each [...]

By | July 12th, 2016|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy|1 Comment

4 Questions to Celebrate Your School Year

As I write this I’m seven school days away from summer vacation. At this time, I’m filled with the usual mixture of emotions. I’m excited to recharge and relax. I’m sad to be saying goodbye to my students, while wondering if I could have done more. I’m anxious for the next year, wondering how I [...]

Dewey in 2016: Still Relevant?

When I was pursuing my master’s in education, I spent a great deal of time examining the philosophies of various critical theorists. Vygotsky, Piaget, Freire, Montessori, Gardner, Pestalozzi and a whole host of other big educational names became part of my courses of study. Knowing these philosophers and their perspectives even helped me pass Florida’s [...]

Kindergarten Readiness: 10 MORE Things Your Child Should Know

Last week, I explored the academic side of Kindergarten readiness. But school readiness is not all about regurgitating facts because some things just cannot be measured. One child's brain development differs from another's, but there are many things that teachers look for that have nothing to do with intelligence. Here are 10 more things to [...]