Category Archives: Professional Development

Coming Out of Hibernation with #SHC13 Think Tank!

Those of you that have had a baby will understand when I say that I’ve been in hibernation.  It’s not that I’ve been sleeping my days away, in fact I get less sleep now than I ever have.  My hibernation … Continue reading

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Connecting Comprehension and Technology

You may have noticed our lack of posts lately.  There are two good reasons for that.  1) Mini Literacyspark has been keeping Katie very busy.  2) We’ve been writing a book.  Whaaaaaat!?  Yes, it’s true.  We’ve strayed out of the … Continue reading

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We’ve been busy…

Hi Friends! Happy 2013! This post in an apology for not being present on the blog for the past few months and a public commitment to make my practice more visible in the coming days. This has been a challenging … Continue reading

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Honoring the PLN

It’s been an unusual start to the school year. I have my largest class ever. I went on strike.  It’s the middle of October, but only the 26th day of school.  Things feel a little weird. In times like this, … Continue reading

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Regie Routman at IRA 2012

Last Monday I had the great fortune to get to see Regie Routman speak at the IRA conference.  I love Regie’s books, they were some of the very first professional books I ever read.  I was proud to see her … Continue reading

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ICE 2012

What a week!  Thank you to the Illinois Computing Educators conference team for planning and hosting a tremendous event!  Thanks to all who attended our session, Transforming Classrooms with the iPad.  Katie, Carolyn and I appreciated your enthusiasm and support!  … Continue reading

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Talking Tech @ Tech Talk

Yesterday I attended a conference here in Chicago called Tech Talk.  It was exciting to see so many great things going on in our district and it gave me a sense of hope, at least for the schools who have … Continue reading

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My New Obsession: Pinterest

Yes I’ve just drunk the Pinterest Koolaid.  It’s soooo good.  I’m going to use it to collect teaching resources both technology and non technology related.  Feel free to follow me. : )

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleveland

On Saturday morning I woke up early to see Katie Wood Ray.  I have been a fan for years and seen her speak several times.  Her session at NCTE did not disappoint.  Katie spends most of her time teaching, observing … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Seymour Simon, Linda Hoyt, Ann Marie Corgill & Ellin Keene

WOW!  The NCTE conference was terrific this year!  I’m still recovering from information overload.  My brain is literally full. Now that I’ve acquired all this new learning, it’ time to process it and actively use it… First, a big thank … Continue reading

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Thinking about writing with Matt Glover: Part 2

Reading Matt’s book, you’ll find that he does not refer to student writing as fiction or nonfiction.  He recognizes the blurred line in young children’s writing and notices how sometimes books start out as nonfiction and turn into fiction text. … Continue reading

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Thinking about writing with Matt Glover: Part 1

Last December my colleagues and I attended a workshop featuring Matt Glover and Katie Wood Ray.  I’ve followed Katie Wood Ray’s work for several years and really love what she does with young writers.  For several years, I’ve used Lucy … Continue reading

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An Apple a day, or at least yesterday…

I agree with Katie it has been a busy week!  But..it was a week that was so much FUN! First there was filming on Wednesday.  Then yesterday we had the wonderful folks from Apple out to visit our iPad project!  … Continue reading

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Day 15: The Last Days of Back to School

It seems silly to write a back to school post.  I’m already “back to school.”  Chicago decided to join us by ushering in fall on the first day.  Suddenly Carmel apples seem like a good idea and I’m thinking about … Continue reading

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Day 10: Professional Connections

Yesterday was my first official day back!  The students report on Tuesday.  So it looks like I’ll make my 15 days just in time.  : ) We have a strong culture of reading at our school.  We read professional books … 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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Saturday Morning Round-Up

Here’s some of the best of the web that I’m reading this morning.  Grab a coffee and enjoy! Awesome Highlighter from Talking Tech With Robin.  Thanks @aliharper20 Using Google Docs for Assessments from Teaching like it’s 2999 Great Tech Expectations: … Continue reading

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Making the Most of Mini-lessons

I attended a great workshop by Krista Palmquist at the Boundless Readers Foundation today.  It was all about how to make mini lessons more effective.  I’ve been using reader’s workshop for many years now and truth be told, it’s not … Continue reading

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Crazy

Last week was crazy.  I mean crazy, crazy.  On Friday I did a model lesson and then participated in an hour long debrief with 15 teachers and Educational Guru, Smokey Daniels.  Crazy.  (I was a fill in, some teachers did … Continue reading

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A Matter of Time

Time.  A teacher’s greatest enemy.  What we could only accomplish if we had time.  I was asked to fill in as a demonstration teacher next week for a very amazing Literacy Institute that some of my coworker cooked up.  Essentially … Continue reading

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