When We Want to Believe So Badly…

When We Want to Believe So Badly…

Many of you have likely seen, read, and/or shared this recent attention-grabbing headline from Time magazine that has dominated our social media feeds over the last 48 hours: “Boys Who Sit Still Have a Harder Time Learning to Read.” If you haven’t, you may want to take a few minutes to peruse it before you read … Continue reading

Curating Your TBR Stack: A Primer

Curating Your TBR Stack: A Primer

Those of you who write for educators can probably relate to the fear that what you have to say hasn’t already been said a thousand times over; that your thinking is trite; that in your quest to support and inspire your colleagues, you’re actually being patronizing by telling them things that they already know. While this may … Continue reading

Your First Inquiry: Design a Collaborative Learning Space

Your First Inquiry: Design a Collaborative Learning Space

One of the finest aspects of being an educator is the opportunity to begin anew each school year. (That, and our annual pilgrimage to the dollar bin at Target. Helloooo, notebooks!) In what other profession does the end of summer bring with it a chance for a full-blown reboot, an occasion to annually re-invent ourselves? For many, this renewal starts … Continue reading

Have You Joined the #DoodleRevolution?

Have You Joined the #DoodleRevolution?

Hello friends! I was recently interviewed by Holly Korbey for a fantastic series she is writing for Mind/Shift called Books Teachers Share. It was so fun to talk to her about how Sunni Brown’s The Doodle Revolution has shaped my thinking, both professionally and personally. It truly is a book that has changed my life for the … Continue reading

#Upstander #Truth

#Upstander #Truth

Being an upstander–someone who stands up, who speaks out, and/or who takes action on behalf of others–is noble. It’s commendable. It’s the right way to be. Being an upstander is also freaking hard. Let’s face it: standing up to injustice is tough. Speaking up about something you know is wrong is scary. It makes your … Continue reading

For Your Consideration: 5 Educational “What Ifs”

For Your Consideration: 5 Educational “What Ifs”

It’s no secret that Erika Christakis‘ book The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups is currently blowing my mind. I’ve texted the cover of the book to approximately three dozen friends and family members, I’ve posted about its “must-read”-ness on both Facebook and Twitter, and I’ve attempted to record all of my favorite lines … Continue reading

On Being Afraid to Write

On Being Afraid to Write

There are things I’m afraid to write about. I’m afraid to write about my anxiety. About how it can sometimes debilitate me emotionally, socially, and physically. About how responsible I feel for passing my anxiety on to my children, particularly my youngest daughter. About how it prevents me from being my best self–as a friend, a … Continue reading

Join Me at #UNHLit16 This Summer!

Join Me at #UNHLit16 This Summer!

Hello everyone! I’m writing this brief post to let you know that I will be teaching a week-long class (July 18-22) this summer at the NH Literacy Institutes on the UNH campus in Durham, NH. For those of you who haven’t yet had the amazing experience of participating in this summer institute, it is a fantastic way … Continue reading