Clearing Cobwebs

This past weekend, I chased the rust-colored sunset across Iowa. Trees cast their silhouetted skeletons, reminding me of the lakeside sunrise photos I have admired from a distance. Yesterday, I laid my plan book and roster across the top of my desk. Pages and pencilings stayed awake all night, woke me once, and waited at…

Imagine this…

Imagine this… A round-faced, black-haired boy appears in the Zoom window, the sound of a doorbell announcing his arrival. He turns on his camera, but only for a moment, just enough to let his teacher know he is there. The class makes small talk while they wait for a few more kids to join them…

The Undefeated: Write Like

This is for the educators. Today’s lesson focuses in Steps 3 & 4 of the Write Like routine so that we can imitate the power in Kwame Alexander’s language and craft for The Undefeated. For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, which includes Kwame’s reading of the text,…

The Undefeated: Write About

Before you dive into this lesson, scroll down to watch as Kwame Alexander reads aloud our featured text: The Undefeated. Then join me as I focus on Steps 1 & 2 of the Write About routine and engage in – not one, but – two rounds of Steps 3 & 4 here on the blog….

Because of the Rabbit: Write Like

Today’s lesson walks us through all four steps of the Write About Routine using a few additional sources to shore up our work in “mindfully embracing” our emotions and gearing up to model this for our students and children. For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, click here….

Because of the Rabbit: Write About

Today’s lesson focuses in on steps 3 & 4 of the Write About teach social-emotional learning strategies through the context of a fictional scenario. My Quick-Write Read More About Let’s learn more about mixed feelings and emotional awareness: “Thinking Traps” worksheet for children from Oxford University Press “Detective Thinking Practice “ from Oxford University Press…

The Three Questions: Write Like

For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, as well as featured a full reading of the excerpt below, click here. For an excerpt of the text and more artifacts from and resources for this lesson scroll down. My Try It: My “Write Like” When is the right time…

The Three Questions: Write About

In today’s lesson, I give space for you to pause and engage in Steps 1 & 2 of the Write About Routine and ideas for how to go beyond into Steps 3 & 4. Scroll down for samples of what this work could look like and other resources. My Quick-Write: My “Write About” To compliment…

Clean Getaway: Write Like

For the “Write About” lesson that launched us into the topics of this text, click here. Scroll below for a full copy of the text used in today’s Write Like. My Write Like Try It: The photo album that sits across her lap is easily twenty years old. “Just taking a trip down memory lane,”…

Clean Getaway: Write About

In this mini-lesson I focus on steps 3 & 4 of the “Write About” routine using an excerpt from Nic Stone’s Clean Getaway, with an emphasis on using the routine to explicitly teach content across multiple sources. My Quick Write and Write About Below you’ll see my first quick write, using key words from Clean…