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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 ...

The Problem with Math Problems, Common Core, Standard Tests, etc.

Monday, June 10th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, In the Classroom | 1 Comment »

I've been meaning to write an epic post recounting my visits to schools this past year. The things I've seen, the things I've learned, but gosh, I keep watching it slide down my list of things to do. In short: * It's ...

KINDNESS: My Trip to the 2013 Youth Writing Festival at Calvin College

Thursday, April 25th, 2013 Posted in In the Classroom, School Visits, Uncategorized, bullying | No Comments »

I just returned from a wonderful, two-night trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I was invited (by Gary Schmidt!) to participate in the 2013 Youth Writing Festival at Calvin College. At one point it looked exactly like this: As my Nation of ...

Nice Article Based on My Recent School Visit to Fair Lawn, NY

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 Posted in In the Classroom, School Visits, the writing process | 2 Comments »

A local reporter, Tracey Putrino, sat in for one of my presentations during a recent school visit to Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The school itself was spectacular, warm and clean and bursting with pride, one of the sweetest elementary schools ...

OVERHEARD: “I guess science is my favorite class — I just wish it wasn’t so serious.”

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 Posted in Around the Web, Family, In the Classroom, Middle School Life | 3 Comments »

Lisa had asked Maggie, grade 6, about her classes and received the above reply. Which at first struck me as a hilarious thing to say about science. It was like saying, I don't know, math should be funnier. Social studies, ...

The Perils of Skype: There’s the Giant “Oz Head,” for Starters

Monday, December 10th, 2012 Posted in In the Classroom, School Visits | No Comments »

Let's start with the horror: Run for the hills, people. On a Thursday morning in late November, I Skyped with students in Pine View Middle School, somewhere in Florida. The basic setup was that a small number of students gathered in the ...

I May Have Just Met the Best 6th-Grade Poet in America

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 Posted in In the Classroom, School Visits | 8 Comments »

When I speak at schools, a teacher will often come up to ask if I wouldn't mind wearing some kind of amplifier/microphone thingy around my neck for a student who is hearing impaired. And of course I don't mind. I put ...

For Teachers: 13 Ways of Raising Your Hand in the Classroom

Friday, January 20th, 2012 Posted in Around the Web, Fun Clips, In the Classroom | No Comments »

Teachers will like this. All teachers, every one. There will be universal "like" on this little clip. [youtube:] You can find more of her charming, off-beat clips, here.

Essential Listening: “Middle School” as featured on THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Saturday, November 12th, 2011 Posted in Around the Web, In the Classroom | 2 Comments »

It's been a busy month, with many school visits and almost no real writing. On Sunday, tomorrow, I'm heading to South Carolina, a trip that begins with three presentations in a middle school. So I thought I'd share my highest ...

Photo Dump: Three Days in Williamstown

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 Posted in In the Classroom, School Visits | No Comments »

I recently enjoyed a three-day visit to Williamstown, Massachusetts. I visited three schools: Lanesborough Elementary (where we forgot to take photos), Mount Greylock (grades 7-8), and Williamstown Elementary. It was particularly fun to interact with such a large range of ...