February 9, 2018
Sara and I just spent a couple days down South. Just under a hundred miles South of our house that is. This required a couple early morning drives through some, at times, questionable weather. But the white knuckle driving was all with it once we got there. have I told you how much we love […]
February 4, 2018
We love coming to Eastern and consider ourselves honorary Gators – we show up wave to the office folks and head to the teacher lounge to store our lunches in the refrigerator. It really is a homecoming of sorts.
February 4, 2018
What a great way to get back on the saddle again. Mill Pond elementary in Westborough Massachusetts made getting back into the swing of school visits a pleasure. The literacy coordinator, Stephanie Nephew had everyone so prepared for our visit all we had to do was show up. We did four assemblies the first day for […]
December 29, 2017
Sara and I had the fun privilege of sitting down with Lori Caszatt of the Willoughby Eastlake Library for a chat on a chilly December day. click and listen.
November 9, 2017
What can we say? Singapore American School feels like a home away from home for us. We have visited here so many times that we have a favorite grocery store. We love our trips to this school. Why? Because they push us – every time we come they throw another challenge our way that makes […]
August 5, 2017
Back to School Poem: My Official List, a writer’s guide
May 8, 2017
Our penultimate school visit of the 2017 season. Brook Park Memorial Elementary where we were greeted with enthusiastic open arms by Jenifer Csiszar the instructional coach who arranged our visit. We did a couple assemblies – one for the K thru second graders then one for the third thru fifth. Afterwards we each did a […]
May 4, 2017
So what are we accomplishing here?
We are close reading a text as a group.
We discover themes of our literature.
We are collaborating to discern the importance of what we are reading.
We are taking collaborative research and writing as individuals.
We are getting hands on experience using poetic elements.
We are accepting the extra challenge.
We are working and succeeding through a bit of cognitive dissonance.
We are coming back together to edit and write a finished piece with a partner.
We are sharing our work with an audience.
April 21, 2017
I think it would do us well to look a bit closer at the folks who are setting our education agenda. Are they forcing their proclivities downstream? Does a billionaire software engineer really understand the kid who is going to grow up to be a philosophy professor? Does a wealthy political donor comprehend the learning needs of a kid on the spectrum?
April 6, 2017
Here’s a little vid we put together as a trailer for Sara to use before her book talks for her new novel.