Last summer, during a conference session I was doing in Tennessee, we were discussing those kids who come into schools without book sense -- five-year-olds who, sadly, don't know how to operate a book. A participant spoke up and said, "Jim, I'm a kindergarten teacher, and I'm getting worried...Read More.
A few weeks ago, I spent the day in residency in a small school doing purposeful podcasting with seventh-grade teachers and kids. We were using a model I call professional development for kids, where we cut out the middleman (or -woman) and deliver the tools right to the kids and...Read More.
As a classroom teacher, I spent lots of time supporting special-needs students. I modified lessons, provided extra support, attended meetings, and otherwise did all I could to support those children, as I did every child, in thinking, learning, and becoming better prepared for that day and for...Read More.
A couple of recent incidents have reminded me about how important it is to not take knowledge, things, or people for granted.Read More.
I am working in New Hampshire this week, and I have been staying in Concord, the state capital, for the last couple days. Today is an off day, so I was heading out to find a barbershop (please see attached image for evidence of need) around 10:30 A.M. or so when I passed by the...Read More.
Driving to the airport at about 3:45 A.M., I was struck by the emptiness of Maine's southbound U.S. Route 295. In fact, there were several times when I could see no other vehiclesRead More.
The weather folks here in Maine insisted that last night was going to be "brutally cold." Now, brutally is not a word used lightly here in the Northeast when discussing temperatures in January, so I fully expected to arise this morning to find the thermometer reading minus 10 degrees...Read More.
No question about it -- Maine is a wonderful place to live.Read More.
Last night, I was getting ready for some sessions I will be doing at the eTech Ohio conference in February. One of my sessions is titled "Technology with a Purpose: Focusing Digital Technology as a Tool to Support Literacy," and it was while I was putting slides together for it...Read More.
I was working with a group of principals a while back around how to provide building-level leadership in a district that is committed to making effective use of technology to engage students and support their achievement. "Pressure and support," I told them, "are what you have to provide."Read More.