Education

Re-visioning for Success

Happy New Year, Colleagues! Remember those lovely vision boards your faculty worked on so diligently at the beginning of year? It’s time to take them out. Time to take an honest look back and ask ourselves the following questions: What parts of our visions have become realities? What steps did we take to ensure that…

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Read to Them… or NOT!

It’s a trilogy. Voyage to the Bunny Planet by Rosemary Wells. Three tiny books about this little bunny that goes on all kinds of adventures… sometimes in actuality, other times, in her dreams. I’m not going to lie. I don’t know why three year-old Morgan is so fascinated by these books. There are no repeating…

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What Happened to the Dream?

  For purposeful and focused writing and deep, meaningful conversation, consider talking with your students and having them write about this January 16, 2017 New Yorker Magazine cover by Kadir Nelson, my all time favorite illustrator. What do you see? What does ii make you think of? What are Nelson and The New Yorker saying?…

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Anti-Racism Educational Network

I am so proud to be a part of this network of esteemed educators and social activists. Contact me for more info! http://www.earlychildhoodeducationassembly.com/anti-racism-educational-consultants-network.html

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Planning for Engagement

Every single time I’ve been asked to go into a classroom and “teach” behavior management strategies to teachers, I’ve  found one big thing missing … a PLAN for student engagement. Active, meaningful engagement  decreases the need for behavior management. That’s the bottom line. What I’ve come to know, however, is that many teachers plan for…

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The Three Questions

In Jon J Muth’s picture book entitled The Three Questions, a boy named Nikolai struggles with three important questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, The Three Questions,  is one of my favorite books…

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Lessons from Lusaka

“ What do you want for yourself from this trip to Zambia?” Paulette, my therapist asked me. After a brief pause, I answered. “To learn about myself. That’s it. The one thing I know to be true about me is that in order for me to delve more deeply into myself, to do the kind…

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Beyond Writing Prompts

What questions, ideas, conversations would this magazine cover spark? What kinds of connections might your students make? What kinds of writing might it fuel? What further reading? Research? Think text-dependent writing Think culturally relevant pedagogy Think critical thinking and analysis Let us know if you use this in your classroom and how it went. We’d love…

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