Monthly Archives: November 2011

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 … Continue reading

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Trust me…it gets easier

My children (along with the kids at our church) are working to raise money for Kids Against Hunger.  In January, we will package 20,000 meals to be dispersed to those dying of starvation.  I love this very real way for … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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