10 Great Picture Books on Quietness — Waking Brain Cells

There is something powerful about quiet and silence. It’s another important thing for children to learn, that silence is not frightening but offers space to think and dream. May you find time today for your own quiet time. Before Morning by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna […]

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Making a Chart: When I’m Done with My Writing

This is a great way to help kids know what to do next – – next steps!

Making a Chart: When I’m Done with My Writing.

Learning From Ralph Fletcher: Teaching Authentic Information Writing

Learning From Ralph Fletcher: Teaching Authentic Information Writing.

Family Stories: A New “Mini Unit”

I love this blog post by Two Writing Teachers:

Family Stories: A New “Mini Unit”.

The Antidote to December Stress: Teach Students to Write about Gratitude

A beautiful way to connect student writing with the gratitude of their hearts.

Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading

This teacher is MY teacher! I learn from every blog post I read! Wow!


Ambivert: thoughts on being a mixture of introvert and extrovert.

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