Education, learning, Literacy, writing

The Power of Revision

Hello friends! I wanted to share the piece I wrote for the March/April 2017 edition of the International Literacy Association's bi-monthly magazine, Literacy Today, called "The Power of Revision." We often talk about the value and the power of revision in regard to our writing practice--but what about harnessing that power in the context of our teaching practice? This… Continue reading The Power of Revision

Education, Illustration, learning, Literacy, writing

The Limits of Primary Writing Journals

Two years ago this April, I wrote a post for The Educator Collaborative's Community Blog that articulated my feelings about the need for educators to offer their student writers more "freedom" in their compositional work. It was called "Math, Literacy, and the Need for More Blank Paper," and, upon rereading the post, I'm happy to… Continue reading The Limits of Primary Writing Journals

Education, Literacy, reading

Our Adopt-A-Shelf Program: The Deets

Last week, I posted a video of our library's "Adopt-a-Shelf" initiative on my Twitter feed, which my fabulous colleague Caroline Carrel and I dreamed up over lunch one day and which has since garnered a surprising amount of attention. Because I have had so many "virtual" colleagues ask questions about the initiative's design and/or implementation, I… Continue reading Our Adopt-A-Shelf Program: The Deets

books, Education, Literacy, reading

Best Books of 2016, All in One Place

Man. 2016, right? *sighs* For some of us, nestling our noses in a good book was the best way to escape the ghastly, noxious brute that was this past year, personified. But curating a cathartic To Be Read (TBR) stack is not always natural or easy, as I wrote about in August. Even those of us who managed to… Continue reading Best Books of 2016, All in One Place

Education, learning, Literacy, reading

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 When We Want to Believe So Badly…

books, Education, learning, Literacy, reading

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 Curating Your TBR Stack: A Primer

Education, Illustration, learning, Literacy

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 Have You Joined the #DoodleRevolution?

Education, learning, Literacy, reading, writing

(UPDATED!) Expecting Too Much–and Too Little–of Literacy Teachers

I was reading a professional text recently that, in many ways, moved me to nod my head so frequently as I was reading that I looked like one of those bobble head turtles that you find at every craft fair and flea market. There was so much I loved about what the authors had to say about… Continue reading (UPDATED!) Expecting Too Much–and Too Little–of Literacy Teachers

Education, learning, Literacy

Write On: Short, Easy Ways to Nurture Your Writing Habit

I'm going to point out a nasty, embarrassing truth here: most teachers of writing are not themselves writers. That's not to imply that all writing teachers must be authors of their own books, or regular contributors to professional journals, or even fillers of countless notebooks year after year; after all, most teachers of science are not themselves… Continue reading Write On: Short, Easy Ways to Nurture Your Writing Habit