The PD Wars and Why We Must Fight Them: A Super-Fun Guide to Influencing Your Colleagues

I finished reading the outstanding Why They Can’t Write by John Warner recently, which was filled with excellent writerly advice.  But it also got me thinking about the somewhat accidental path that got me engaged in continuous professional development. When I first started teaching, I was eager to get involved in things that would help […]

When They Get It (But Can’t Quite Say So…)

As an MTSS support coach, I’m constantly reminded that students at the losing end of the achievement gap are very rarely deficient in their ability to take an academic interest in a subject.  But when a student’s reading and writing gaps are so far behind grade level that traditional assessments bar them from demonstrating their […]

I Get Wise with a Little Pop From My Friends

I want my students to be continually thinking about context–cultural, historical, and otherwise.  For many of my students, the boundaries of their writing AND reading are constricted by their narrow contextual pools of knowledge.  Helping them to see why the narratives of their history classes or the view through the microscope in biology are actually […]