The Sweet Spot

Money buys freedom. A collective nod rises and falls across the room as Kristi Mraz talks to a group of teachers about the harsh reality we live in, not just as educators, but as human beings. She says the word money and my mind conjures images of the resource room back at school: Stacked floor to…

I Teach (Authentic Task #9)

What started out as a catchy title – No Assembly Required – became a series that set out to explore authentic literacy instruction in the most authentic way that I know how:  through reading and writing ourselves.  And though at times it felt like I was Going Solo, in my disenchantment for this vision, I knew,…

Mind the Gap

Our learning today followed a predictable format, one we’ve come to replicate in our PLCs, our professional learning, and in our teaching. Celebrate success.  Study the standard.  By this, I don’t mean always the academic standard, but instead the ideal, the exemplar.  What is it we want for our students?  Today, we tackled the structures…

Hazel Hopscotch

We read I Love my Hair today as a sneaky way of starting a connection circle.  It turned into more of a connection hopscotch as we moved over to the taped-out blocks on the floor. I. love. my. hair. I jump each word: hop on one foot, two feet, hop, hop.  “See, just like the girl…

Blown Away

I have to be honest, I love looking at my stats, love seeing how many people linger in more than one slice or dive in for a daily dose. During this year’s challenge, for the first time since I started in 2015, people were finding my slices from “Google Search” and other search engines Alas,…