Monthly Archives: August 2011

Day 9: Planning Ahead

Planning ahead is a way of life for teachers.  We have to plan, prepare, and prepare some more.  Here are some ways that I prepare to help make my year a little easier. Every year before school starts I send … Continue reading

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Day 8: A Steady Diet of Reading

Keeping kids excited about reading is a major part of my job.  If they like the books they will read.  This means that I keep up a steady diet of reading during the year.  Enough that the site of me … Continue reading

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Day 7: Balance

As we prepare for the new school year it’s important to think about balance.  Granted, it’s hard the first few weeks of the year to find balance because of the sheer amount of work there is to do.  But let’s … Continue reading

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Day 6: A Tour Through My Room

I’m in a good place with my room.  It’s not done.  But it’s getting there.  I thought that today I would post some pictures and break down my rationale for why I have things  the way they are and possible … Continue reading

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Day 5: Classroom Environment

It’s that time again.  The dust is settled.  The floor is waxed.  It’s time to set up the room.  Every year I rearrange things before the school year ends thinking…maybe I’ll get it all set before I go.  Then summer … Continue reading

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Day 4: Go Slow to Go Fast

Go slow to go fast. I’ve heard this phrase a lot lately.  Most recently I noticed it as I was flipping through Leslie Blauman’s new book The Inside Guide to the Reading-Writing Classroom, a book that I will be leading … Continue reading

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Day 3: Who Are My Students?

One of the first things we do every year is get to know our students.  Teachers who connect with their students on a personal level are better able to understand their motivations and desires as well as tailor instruction to … Continue reading

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Day 2: Procedures & Routines

I can’t tell you how many books have been written on procedures and routines. They are basically the bread and butter of the classroom. The truth is, I have enough work to do so, the more work the kids do, … Continue reading

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Day 1: Rituals

Rituals are special. They are something that you revisit and they are unique to your classroom community. Every year I establish rituals with my class.  Some are purposeful and some just happen as an organic response to the day to … Continue reading

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15 Days of Back to School!

  Today I’m launching my 15 days of back to school posts!  I’m not sure why I chose 15, it seems like a good round number.  I’ll be writing about back to school routines, establishing classroom communities, planning curriculum for … Continue reading

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On Teaching and Learning

I’m in beautiful Wisconsin today working with Stephanie Harvey and Kristin Ziemke on some staff development. I have to say, I’ve gone to a lot of conferences and I’ve presented at a few but this is kind of fun. Teachers … Continue reading

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It’s time to go back

I had a dream last night about by classroom.  It was a sign.  It’s time to go back to school.  Where did the time go?  The endless days of summer are behind be and although I’ve done a great deal … Continue reading

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