Entries Tagged as 'Education/Teaching'

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

How To Appreciate A Teacher

A few years ago when I was first on twitter, I couldn’t resist responding to a local journalist who had shared three negative news stories in a row about educators and education. Didn’t she know it was teacher appreciation week? Couldn’t she balance out the bad with some good? She responded to me that the […]

Monday, February 16th, 2015

The Teacher Becomes the Student

Back in October a blog post about a veteran teacher following a student for 2 days went a bit viral. My friends shared it on facebook, retweeted it on twitter and my principal was among the many who read and shared it. Instead of just reading and sharing, though, he offered us all the opportunity to recreate […]

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Building A Classroom Writing Community Through Blogs

I’ve been blogging personally for almost 6 years now. It has become a part of who I am and led to personal growth and opportunity that I wouldn’t trade. Blogging has made me feel like a real writer. Blogging has introduced me to a community of writers and thinkers and friends. Blogging has made me […]

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Moments of Truth

The good topics my students and I investigate together get stuck in my head. I leave my classroom and I still think about life through the lens of our inquiry. Right now we are reading and researching and discussing a question that I’ve discussed with students for at least the last five years – maybe […]

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Let Them Tweet

I confronted a student today about something I found him tweeting last week. It wasn’t bullying or being mean to anyone else – but it was something that worried me as his teacher and something he should have thought twice before throwing out there to the public twitterverse. But sometimes my students forget that twitter […]

Monday, December 1st, 2014

That Kid – All Grown Up

Like many of you, I read the post that went viral a few weeks ago – Dear Parent About THAT Kid – and as a teacher I thought of my 15 years of That kids. . Tonight, I saw one of them at the grocery store…    I stood behind him at the grocery store tonight. […]

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Let Them Read Books

I spent the last hour of the school day today stamping brand new books. It’s the best feeling, really, opening box after box of books that tomorrow I’ll get to put in the hands of teachers who will then get to put them in the hands of students. Some of these books are bound to […]

Monday, August 18th, 2014

My Teacher Summer

One family vacation. More reading for pleasure than I’ve done in years. Many afternoons at the pool. Two week-long workshops. Two professional texts read and annotated. Many half-days at school      working on schedules           and interviews                and materials. A week of planning […]

Monday, December 9th, 2013

So You Want To Be A Teacher?

I’m never in an office. I don’t clock in. I am always around people. And I learn something new every day. I’m a teacher. When students and friends tell me they are thinking of teaching and ask for advice, there are usually five things I tell them to practice. So You Want To Be A […]

Monday, November 25th, 2013

What I Learned at NCTE13

I returned to the real world today – the world of getting two kids ready for school; the world of teaching real kids in real classes. Sometimes it is hard to return. A friend of mine once said after a girls’ night out: re-entry is hard. And it is. It is hard to keep up […]

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