Monthly Archives: November 2010


    Friday Morning The news I had been waiting for was about to be released.  I keyed up the website.  Punched in the numbers.  Entered the secret code.  Whatever. I was as nervous as a long tailed cat in … Continue reading

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Making Groups Work

I use quite a bit of collaborative group work in my teaching.  Monday I was sorting the other class into inquiry groups to end our unit on Greece and Rome.  Because they had already learned about Greece I decided to … Continue reading

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Teaching Zen: A Slice of Life

  There are days in my teaching career when everything seems to fall into line.  The students are engaged, my lesson goes well, I even have the energy to go through everyone’s Inquiry notebooks, I find a great article for … Continue reading

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Making Room for Quiet Voices

I was watching this video from Annenberg Media today.  It’s Katherine Bomer, a favorite author of mine, teaching and talking about her read aloud time.  It is packed with rich and exciting learning opportunities.  One of the things she mentions … Continue reading

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