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New Slide for School Visits

Monday, March 24th, 2014 Posted in Around the Web, School Visits, bullying | No Comments »


Came across this today and thought it would make a good slide for my Middle School presentations. It basically expresses where I come out on all the tips and strategies for so-called "Bully Proofing" a school. It's why these students ...

JUST FOR LAUGHS: Mad Men Without Smoking

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips | No Comments »


Both of my parents smoked. I grew up in a cloud of cigarette smoke. We'd go on long drives for our summer vacations in Vermont, seven children and my parents packed in a station wagon, and they'd smoke for seven ...

Let It Snow/Make It So Mashup

Saturday, January 4th, 2014 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips | 1 Comment »


For your edification . . . [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiSn2JuDQSc]

Scared of Santa, Revisited, Again (because it never gets old)

Friday, December 20th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Greatest Hits | No Comments »


I'm REPOSTING from the "Greatest Hits" collection . . . ------------------ No, I don’t know why good, sane, well-intentioned people do this to their children. This guy terrifies even me — I keep thinking he should have a lit Chesterfield and a glass ...

EDUCATION IS . . .

Friday, December 6th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Current Events | No Comments »


"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." -- Nelson Mandela. Today I came across this remarkable 1994 photograph by Michael S. Williamson, and this powerful quote, and thought I'd bring them together here. For my own ...

Donalyn Miller’s “The Book Whisperer” Reaches Cultural Icon Status

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, In the Classroom, Readings | No Comments »


I met Donalyn Miller at a Literacy Conference in Ohio. She was the keynote speaker and I came away impressed, inspired, and determined to read her book, THE BOOK WHISPERER: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. I started reading it ...

Quick Teacher Pass-Along

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


Neil Gaiman: “Well-Meaning Adults Can Destroy a Child’s Love of Reading.”

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Scary Tales | No Comments »


"Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child's love of reading. Stop them reading what they enjoy or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like –- the 21st-century equivalents of Victorian 'improving' literature –- you'll wind up with a generation convinced ...

But Are They Free Range?

Friday, October 11th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web | No Comments »


BEFORE YOU GO: Running & Writing & Books (2 Quick Excerpts)

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Before You Go, the writing process | No Comments »


Over the past year I've twice crossed paths with a near-legendary editor, the much respected Christy Ottaviano. She works at Macmillan and, no, Christy can't be blamed for any of my books. I follow her page on Facebook and just ...