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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Open Teaching: Seeing the Invisible

Open. Not closed down. Raised up. Cease to be secretive. Manifest. Teaching. Show. Guide. Give. To lead forth from. A confession. The year I started teaching (18 of them ago), I started a simultaneous infatuation with Inside the Actor's Studio, a series where host,...

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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Vocabulary Families

the ASK: I never seem to have enough approaches to teaching vocabulary. Here, I wondered how I could get students to construct deeper understandings of words by seeing them as “families.” the TRY: I gave students a series of words that all had something to do with the...

Magnets for Student Grouping

the ASK: I like to switch up groupings of students on a regular basis and am always wondering how do make those transitions as seamless as possible. the TRY: Each student gets a magnet with his/her name on it. (For details on making these, see below.) I leave the...

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