Processes and routines make all the relational aspects of a classroom community go smoother. They are the system that actually brings the freedom of a bustling learning community that looks boundless. If you look in my room by October, it may look chaotic and messy: Students moving about the space, respectfully and joyfully working on… Continue Reading →
As I look forward to another first day of school, I want to write myself a series of reminders. Today is the first: processes and routines will be the foundation of learner independence in my classroom. First: “With people slow is fast and fast is slow” aka “Go slow now so you can go fast… Continue Reading →
It had been years since I’d visited. Too long really. But like so many things, I just lost track of time. Schedules and other practicalities kept me away. But here I was. The windows to the shops looked just the same, only somehow brighter and cleaner. On the east side, the fountain and its effervescent… Continue Reading →
8:14 am It’s a Monday. The 9 year old students roll into my classroom groggy and excited. They have breakfast and we connect. Ok students! I raise my voice as breakfast and our morning meeting has wound down. Let’s start the week with reading. Find a comfortable spot with your book box! After 5, or… Continue Reading →
A classroom library is a powerful thing. It’s a noun and a verb and an adjective. Maybe even an adverb (librarily?). It’s a place of peace, an action of activism or vacationing or how-to-do-it-ness. A library is a powerful thing. “This is how I show my students that I love them – by putting books… Continue Reading →
I just completed my second year in the Slice of Life 31 day writing challenge (thanks http://www.twowritingteachers.org). It was wonderful! It was also…a challenge! Here are some things I learned that I’m bringing back to the classroom. It’s hard to write when I don’t feel like it! Several times I sat down and just didn’t… Continue Reading →
Holding hands near a lockerLaughter and rustling Bowing heads at a tableSolemn elder voice cuts through Hands clasped on an airplaneEngines roar, cart clanks Filing into a new roomVoice says “welcome!” Waiting in line, humid heat, turnstiles and railingBoards rattle, gravity excites, voices shriek Eyes open, files open, “The host will let you in soon”Faces… Continue Reading →
That Time I Met Tony Kornheiser I’ve referred to different albums and genres of music as “the soundtrack of” suchandsuch season of life. But here’s the truth: On a car radio while taking money to the bank in suburban Washington D.C. On a slow Windows PC. On a work issued laptop and 3 generations of… Continue Reading →
Rules for the exception A lifetime ago, I worked at a Starbucks outside of the city of Alpharetta, Georgia. We had this customer, real smooth type. He’d pull in in his sports car out front, leave his wife in the car and come in for their coffee. His order: Iced Venti Sugar-Free Vanilla Latte, no… Continue Reading →
I never thought… I’d buy a brand new car I’d have four sons I’d officiate family funerals I’d be teaching third grade I’d live where I’d live I’d write on my phone We never think of some things until …what surprises are part of your life? -twowritingteachers.org…slice of life…check it out.–
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