Literacy & Leadership

Shakespeare in the Park Asheville North Carolina
Poetry
Poetry Interpretation Project
Memorizing Poetry
O Captain! My Captain!
Ode to a Book 11
Anecdotes from Poem in Your Pocket Day
Pairing Poetry and News Articles
National Poetry Month
Thinking about Math, Poetry, and Art
Sharing Poems & Exploring Mammoth Cave 


Writing
Argument & Persuasion
Connecting Math & Reading
10 Thoughts on Sentences
The Week I Spent Examining Exclamation Points
Curiosity, Moths & Moving Beyond 5 Paragraph Essay
A Writing Revolution
National Day on Writing
Nerdlution
Favorite Quotes from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life
Create, Compose, Connect
Reflections on Writing with Deanna Mascle


Leading
Visiting Bread Loaf School of English
Working for the State Department of Education
Leader or Boss?
A School Decides to Focus on Literacy
Blurring the Lines Between Teaching and Leading
The Leader in Me Program 
What Being a Classroom Teacher Taught Me about Being a Leader 
Six Tips for Facilitating Workshops
Dreaming of a Teacher Powered School

Common Core State Standards

Narrative and Informational Texts and the Common Core
Informational Texts and the Common Core
Literary vs. Informational Text
Preparing Students for College Doesn't Mean Turning Them Into Snobs
Close Reading and Text Dependent Questions
Introducing Principals to the Literacy Design Collaborative
Best and Worst Practices for Vocabulary Instruction
The Common Core is Not the Problem, Nor is it the Solution
I Choose C
Results from CCSS tests
Kentucky and Colorado Teachers Collaborating to Implement Common Core  
EQuIP:  Educators Evaluating Quality Instructional Products 
Why I Support the Common Core
Bill Gates Defends CCSS at Teaching & Learning Conference 


Reading
5 Terrific Pairings Print/Non-Print Text 
21st Century Skills:  Learning for Life in Our Times 
Developing Readers in Academic Disciplines  
Pi and Togas
10 Favorite Picture Books
January 2014 Reads
February 2014 Reads 
How I Learned about Vocab Instruction 
March and April 2014 Reads
Getting Teens Up and Moving: A Vocabulary Activity Involving Movement
Rethinking Literacy Instruction/Parent's view about Accelerated Reader hindering child

Speaking
Classroom Discussion Methods

Content Literacy
Social Studies is My Jam
For the Love of Social Studies
How My Son Taught Me to Appreciate STEM
Social Studies Includes History and Thinking
Learning about the Battle of Perryville 
Drawn to Science
Connecting Math and Reading
Thinking in Numbers

Why I am Returning to Teaching

School starts August 16th and for the first time in nearly 8 years, I will return to school with rosters full of students in classes I...