One of my favorite Christmas read-alouds is The Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie de Paola. I love it because it hits so many learning objectives as well as including Christmas traditions from Mexico, some of which are still practiced today. The Legend of the Poinsettia is obviously folk literature that lends itself very well … More STEAM for a Holiday Classic
I never want to be the tone-deaf person that does not hear the heart-cry of students or of anyone for that matter. Two books I used this week with my second-grade students helped me and my students to consider what it means to truly listen to another person. The first book we read is called … More Listen
This is the million dollar question right now. How will we give students hands-on real-life learning experiences if we have to stay 6 feet apart and sanitize everything before anyone else touches it? Or even more difficult, how will deliver making and inventing in an online school day? As you can see, social distancing is … More How Will We Restart?
I will be presenting at the Wayne RESA Maker-STEM Summit on the topic of Making, Literacy, and Language. Making is a great way to demonstrate deep learning that can go beyond a student’s verbal abilities or language level. Think about important things you have learned in your life like Grandma’s special recipes or swinging a … More Making for Language and Literacy
In my quest to make sure the learning doesn’t stop for my student when the school doors close for the summer, this post about Dynamic Learning from Kasey Bell was just the push I needed. Because I use Google Classroom consistently throughout the school year, my students often add to or update things they have made … More Dynamic Learning
I must admit, I am ready for a rest, but the learning doesn’t stop for either students or teachers and as a school librarian, my viewpoint is a bit different. One of my goals is to provide equitable access to resources for ALL students. In my present position that means making sure that the students … More The Learning Isn’t Over
As I look out at the snow-covered schoolyard, trying to be positive, looking for lessons and encouragement, I realize that snow in April is a sign of each season’s uniqueness. Just as no day is exactly like any other, no child is exactly like anyone else. One year’s April brings warm, sunny play-outside days and … More Children Are as Unique as Snowflakes
Today the middle school where I work is filled with the sound of hope dying. Why do I say that? Today the State of Michigan decrees that all eighth-grade students must take the PSAT with no accommodations, so today is the day when many students in my school decide they will never be good enough … More The Sound of Hope Dying
I have a problem. I fall in love too easily. Every new app that comes my way is a new favorite. Years ago, I fell for Padlet. Now Padlet is a great app, don’t misunderstand, but it is an anonymous app. A person can post and no one can prove it who was. Needless to say, in a … More The Romance of Collaborative Apps
A random pair of comments by colleagues led me to today’s post. First, the school social worker asked me if it was O.K. to have some of her students make bookmarks to be distributed in the media center. Just a few minutes later, a math teacher expressed surprise and admiration that I had invited students to … More Who Owns This Library?