Today, what if we just kept it simple in our literacy classrooms? What if we made books, paper, accountable talk, and reflection our primary learning tools? What if we let go of busywork and time-killers? What if we created truly student-centered environments? What if we started today? today, let’s keep it simple books […]
Books. Time. Choice. Just three little words. So simple. So common. So easily with in our reach. Just three concepts whose presence or absence, makes all the difference. Little words. But BIG ideas. If we want REAL reading . . . the kind that matters, the kind kids need, to thrive in our classrooms. Books. […]
Teaching is messy, uncertain, confusing, and chaotic. We choose it anyway . . . Because no work matters more.
All of that energy we’ve expended this school year… The weariness we sometimes feel in our bones… The aching we sometimes feel in our hearts… The spinning we sometimes feel in our heads… It’s all worth if we keep recognizing the enormous importance of this complicated work we’ve chosen. Wherever you started, whatever you’ve tackled, […]
Let me be clear. There are no magic wands in education. There are not quick-fixes. The instruction our students need in order to become authentically literate will require an ongoing, career-long commitment from us. We will never be able to consider ourselves, or our classrooms, to be finished products. We must adopt a growth mindset […]