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Twas the Night Before Testing

As schools either head out or return from Spring Break, it officially begins standardized testing season for so many of us. I have never, and likely will never, be a fan of testing in the manner in which so many of us required to test. Nor will I likely ever put a great amount of […]

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Changing Minds One Book At A Time

Anyone who is paying attention to the world around us knows we have a problem with empathy and ignorance. Too many people are filled with hate fueled by this ignorance and lack of empathy. The tragedy in New Zealand is just the latest in a long list of violence and hatred specifically focused on Muslims. […]

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Observe All Things

As an educator, the best way to improve our craft is to see, hear, and experience new ideas. Yes, observing another teacher can go a long way in providing us with different ways to do our job. I believe this is the single best way we can grow as educators. However, the observations should not […]

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Bringing to Scale

Bringing an idea to scale is something we hear a lot in education. When something is working really well in one classroom or school, we think we need to replicate it on a larger scale. Small ideas are pushed to become big ideas with big implications and buy-in. Yes, there are some great ideas which […]

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Drawn to Teach

On March 8th, Drawn to Teach, my newest book will be released into the wild. I have never been more excited about a project than I am about this book. It has been nearly two years in the making and I think is unlike anything out there for educators. Given that it is a graphic […]

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For the Fun of It

Sometimes we do things in school for the fun of it, and that’s ok. That past two days in our library we had fun. The library was booked for a documentary project but the teacher had to bump it back due to all of the snow/cold days we had recently. As a result, I found […]

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What’s Best For Kids

As teachers, we are constantly trying new things with and for our students. Teaching is an evolving craft that changes from day to day and even minute by minute. We are always looking for ways to make learning the best it can possibly be for our students. Sometimes that means stepping out of the box […]

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Let Them Read Graphic Novels

Not too long ago, I was in our local public library and heard a mom tell her son he couldn’t check out a graphic novel. She told him he had to get “real” books. I overheard this as I was walking with my son to the checkout with his 9 graphic novels. 🙂 I share […]

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Maker Projects

Recently, I have been posting a great deal of content via my Instagram and twitter feeds around things our students have been creating in our library. Yet, as a follower on twitter pointed out to me recently, I really have not shared the how or why with many of the projects. With that in mind, […]

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