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Is Cursive Necessary?

As an educational consultant I get all types of questions from teachers. Many questions are reflections as they ponder the ever changing field of education. Recently a teacher asked if other teachers were still teaching cursive handwriting. As we talked about the pros and cons of the topic it was clear she was rethinking her day-to-day schedule. […]
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Exercise Your Writing Muscle?

During the month of March, I  participated in the Slice of Life Story Challenge developed by  Two Writing Teachers. The challenge proposed was to write a blog post each day during the month of March. Today is March 30th and this marks my 25th post for the month. Yes, I missed a few days during the month. Life […]
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“Let It Go” Close Reading

I have had  amazing opportunities helping teachers figure out close reading procedures to implement in their classrooms. The students have loved this lesson using the lyrics of the Disney song Let it Go! Last year I wrote a post titled Close Reading: Am I Getting Close. Over the course of the year I have refined […]
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Quotes about Writing – Pick One – GO

Today is one of those days where the to-do list is piled high. A blog post that is going to take some time and thought to write isn’t going to happen. So instead, I leave it up to you – my readers to add the depth to this post! A favorite opening activity I use in professional […]
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New Learning: Infographics … Now What?

The first #edcampiowa session I attended yesterday (March 8, 2014) was on the topic of INFOGRAPHICS. I have admired many infographics on the web, yet I knew nothing about how to create one myself or how to engage students with this visual text format. As the session started we all discovered we were there for […]
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The Blank Page

Today I’m reminded of a quote a colleague recently shared from Pathway to the Common Core by Lucy Calkins, Chris Lehman and Mary Ehrenworth. Novelist and award-winning publisher, Margaret Atwood, was quoted on page 106. “The fact is the blank page inspires me with terror. What will I put on them? Will it be good enough? Will […]
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We Become What We Repeatedly Do

Have you ever tried to break a bad habit or start a good one? It takes time, doesn’t it! During the month of March I’ve decided to take part in a habit building challenge called The Slice of Life as well as continue developing my healthy life style changes by upping my exercise. I have purposely […]
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Using Data for Meaningful Change

As an educator, I believe we need to look to our data to make meaningful change for our students and ourselves. Data comes in many forms – from hard data to perception data. Both play an important role in the change process. To assist schools in using data to make meaningful changes, I believe I […]
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Inspiration to Write

How’s the blogging going? What was your last post about? These were questions a good friend and supporter of my work asked of me last weekend. I had to admit my last post was January 1, 2013 and that was a pre-generated year in review post from WordPress.com. No deep thinking in that post – only a […]
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Discover Writing!

http://blog.writingspirit.com/2012/06/10-steps-to-becoming-a-better-writer-by-brain-clark-copyblogger.html   Writing. Writing has been on my mind. It has been on my mind a lot. I am nearing the 2nd year anniversary of my blog and this post marks my 99th contribution to the blogsphere. The 10 tips above hit home. There are some days I have to force myself to write and […]