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.

Originally posted on Reflections on Leadership and Learning:

Hi.  My name is Amy.  I am an ambivert.

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I first heard the term ambivert last March as the ASCD annual conference.  Daniel Pink shared his research about people who have traits of both introverts and extroverts.   I was immediately struck by the possibility.

Often, people who know me professionally are shocked when I describe myself as an introvert.  They see me as strong, as a leader, as someone who enjoys facilitating professional development, and as coach who isn’t shy or afraid to speak.  They also know how fast I can talk and that I can talk a lot! This doesn’t compute with the typical definition of an introvert.

But there is another side to me.  When I am in unfamiliar situations (personally or professionally), when I am surrounded by strangers, or when I step outside of my comfort zone, I am a very…

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Saved by the Read-Aloud by Ryan M. Hanna

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:

This is a simple story. A small reflection. But, it has weighed heavily on my mind and heart since the end of last school year, and what better day to share it than on Surprise Sunday?


One of the most common pieces of advice that I received from my mentors and professors when I first entered teaching was to make the time to read books aloud to my students. I am not telling the Nerdy Book Club audience anything they don’t already know when I say read-alouds benefit students in a myriad of ways, such as building students’ language and vocabulary skills, helping students gain knowledge about the world around them, and engaging students’ imaginations and creativity, just to name a few. I’ve always read to my students because I know it helps them develop a love of reading.


I made a surprising discovery this past school year…

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