I heard the music coming from the classroom before I opened the door -- Mozart's cello concertos. Over a year had passed since I'd finished coaching this new eighth grade English teacher in a tough school; I was driving through the neighborhood and decided to drop in and see how Ms. K was faring...Read More.
I regularly set intentions before a meeting or before teaching a class, or at the start of the day. Declaring my intentions (sometimes in writing, sometimes spoken to someone, sometimes only articulated in my head) helps me set a direction for how I would like things to go. I find that when I...Read More.
My last post on literature circles got me all excited for a spell. I basked in the memories of kids discovering a love of reading; those were some good days for me as a teacher. And then I remembered the days that...Read More.
My six-year-old son has finally, really started reading. It's thrilling to watch him grab book after book off his overflowing shelves and read stories he's been hearing for years. Now he wants to take books to school so that during recess, he can entice his friends to sit together and read. He...Read More.
There's a third grade classroom in Oakland, California that I just love visiting. It's a place where children are at the very center, where their academic, emotional and social needs are recognized and addressed.Read More.
As a teacher, on the first day of school, I wanted my students to know that in my class we would read a lot and we'd read great literature, literature that would help us understand our world better, and ourselves.Read More.
What does it mean to be a teacher leader? How does one become a teacher leader? What are the ways in which teachers can take leadership?Read More.
For some teachers and students, the glory of spring and the promise of summer have been eclipsed by the complex emotions that surge during testing season.Read More.
One summer, I spent weeks planning the following year's curriculum. By the time school started, I had rough plans for a culminating project: a living museumRead More.
Last week over breakfast, my six-year-old son declared, "George Washington was a good president."Read More.