Whether you’re in need of a spark, a glimpse of hope, or a reminder of why we give ourselves to this work, this blog will meet you there with practical ideas, creative solutions, and stories to sustain us. 

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Doors of Learning (Literally, I Mean Doors)

I’m sure you’ve had this everyday experience too. The one where you pick up a photo that has appeared unchanged forever, until you pick it up and realize the edges are faded, the corners yellowed. For me, it’s not so much the fading, but the realization that time has,...

Teaching is complex work and doing it with deliberateness takes care. When we open our practice, we open potential. This honest, and vulnerable blog will tackle our most attentive topics.

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From the Archives: Concept Attainment

This lesson is part of my “From the Archives” series: 20 lessons in 20 weeks from 20 years of teaching. Enjoy! Context & History I originally taught this lesson in my first year of teaching to 10th grade students. As part of a longer...

Becoming better is the messiest work. It’s uncertain and humbling, even raw. But it’s also hopeful and affirming when we discover that the smallest moments accumulate into the most significant change. Here’s to wondering about the small moments throughout this mini-blog.

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Four-Corners Reading Day

the ASK: It took me awhile to make sense of “reading days.” I know it sounds ridiculous, but I struggled to find the sweet spot between “teacher work day” (which I knew it wasn’t) and “stations” or “mini-lessons” (which I also knew it wasn’t). Ultimately,...

Purpose Driven Discussions

the ASK: I’m constantly working towards creating more purposeful and authentic discussions in class. I’ve written about the way grading discussions don’t work for me and have offered other ways I’ve tackled this same question. I’ve wondered what a...

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