How would your students describe your literacy program?

There’s nothing that makes you question yourself more than a job interview. It’s a truly soul-baring experience. When else do you answer questions like, “How do you see yourself stepping into the roll as a mentor to your colleagues?” or “What is your biggest strength?” Even the “simple” questions can cause some squirming if you…… Continue reading How would your students describe your literacy program?

Make Reading in Class More Like Social Media 

Sometimes good ideas pop up seemingly from nowhere! I was just finishing up participating in a Twitter chat (#CowetaEdChat), and I remembered that I downloaded a kindle book I really should read. Why haven’t I started reading it yet? Well, because, frankly, reading is fun, but Twitter is addictive. You can interact with people, get…… Continue reading Make Reading in Class More Like Social Media 

Knowing and Searching

I’ve defended often to myself, to parents, to colleagues the idea in my Social Studies curriculum that my emphasis on research, paraphrasing, citing sources and synthesis of findings is more important than specific content. Being able to search is more important than knowing. What will fourth graders really remember about the Age of Discovery? I…… Continue reading Knowing and Searching

One Follower! Celebrity!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one of the purposes of starting this blog was to model responsible and engaged digital citizenship for my students. That being said…I have a follower! Now…I know I have “followed” dozens of blogs that I don’t read, so I’m not reveling in this follower because I imagine him…… Continue reading One Follower! Celebrity!