Life Happens: “What to Do When You Don’t Have What You Need”

There’s a John Lennon song that addresses an issue that teachers know all too well: “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making [lesson] plans.” Even the most responsive and differentiated approaches can fall victim to the different kinds of chaos that life throws our way (Technology, I’m talking to you). On top […]

Wait! 1 Book Recommendation and 4 Productive Pauses for the Problem-solving Teacher

Image via publicdomainpictures.net Let’s face it: no matter how well we run our reading and writing workshops, there are about a hundred different points in any given class period where problems can crop up. There’s no such thing as a perfect lesson plan, and as a result, teachers have to be decision making machines on a […]

What’s Saving My Life: the Good Ol’ Fashioned Debrief

Teaching has so much in common with baseball, it’s crazy. I could go on and on about curveballs, errors, data analytics–and that only skims the surface. Seriously, don’t get me started. That said, I do want to drill into one little area of comparison between the two entities: success, in baseball and at school, involves […]