The Art of Questioning

What do you wonder?  Do you constantly form questions about the world around you?  If you are an elementary student, your answer is probably “yes.”  If you are an adult, the answer is “sometimes.”  If you are an adolescent, your answer is probably, “What are you talking about?”  By the time students are in seventh … More The Art of Questioning

Word Clouds and Technology in the Classroom

With the adoption of Common Core State Standards, my job has become more valuable.  This year in Common Core states, our content-area teachers in grades 6-12 must teach Common Core Literacy Standars with their academic standards.  Some are taking this in stride, realizing that they have already been doing it.  Others are panicking by yet … More Word Clouds and Technology in the Classroom

Motivating Boy Readers

What do humor and action have in common?  They appeal to boys.  Most boys actually enjoy being read to in their early years.  But what happens once they turn 8, 9, 10 years old?  They want to be running around…playing, laughing, making strange noises with their bodies.  Even if they don’t eagerly choose to grab … More Motivating Boy Readers

Reflecting Inspiration

This is a year of change for me.  The biggest change comes in my career.  I went from being a classroom teacher for the past fourteen years (mostly in second-grade) to becoming our school district’s Curriculum Director.  As I learn and grow in this new capacity, I find myself needing somewhere to reflect on this … More Reflecting Inspiration