Sometimes (unless you listen really carefully or ask) you may have an incorrect assumption based on what things look like from the outside.  So often I overhear students talking about the material objects they have or want and when asked to ...

What is Professional Development (PD) anyway?  This is a question I have been pondering and challenging for all too long.  Sometimes PD is herding teachers into a room to hear a “professional” talk at them on a topic they ...

In one short month my colleagues Mike Pearson, Kelsey Brennan and I will have the honor of doing just that at the #MassCUE17 conference at Gilette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.  Our former fifth graders will teach teachers how they can place history ...

  It is the first week of school and twenty-one eager learners sit before me, each one unique in their own way.  Twenty-one unfamiliar faces, twenty-one unfamiliar names, some of which I am unsure of how to pronounce yet, but I will ...

It is 7:45 a.m. on August 30.  The bins are sorted, the labels printed, the books sorted.  The comfy spots for reading are in place including a new low table for those that like to sit on the ground.  The custodians have shampooed the rugs, ...

Did you miss it? Tonight Miss Brennan and I hosted our first ever Ask the Teacher Live video chat where students and parents could ask us questions about our upcoming year in fifth grade. Click here to see all the action: ...

Thanksgiving, that time of year when we traditionally pause, take stock and hopefully re energize ourselves with the good feelings that come from that exercise.  It is a reminder that we are more than a quarter in and it is natural to look ...

“… We want the world to know, we won’t let hatred grow, put a little love on your heart.  And the world will be a better place …  for you and me…”  ~ Jackie DeShannon This year my colleagues and I made a ...

It is still ninety degrees, the weatherman is still spouting out beach forecasts and I am still feasting on summer corn on the cob and watermelon but, alas, those days are waning…Tomorrow forty-three students will arrive sporting new ...

It was a dark dreary morning, the kind of morning where you long to stay under the covers with a good book. That’s the sentiment my fifth grade colleague and I commiserated with each other recently on the way to school. Then he said, ...