Today I witnessed the goodness of eighteen young people and it filled me with so much pride and wonder.  Each day before vacation for the last sixteen years, my students have spent the morning reading to benefit the Jimmy Fund.  The Jimmy ...

Each year around this time we all pause, myself included, to think about what we are thankful for. I have many things to be thankful for in my personal life but tonight I am also thinking about my professional life. I am thankful to teach in a ...

On Tuesday I had the pleasure of speaking at the first new teacher seminar in Framingham.  I was asked to speak about my “journey” as a teacher.  I pondered that request for a month or so and finally concluded that the journey was ...

Twas the night before school and all through the town the students were sleeping with nary a frown.  But alas, I their teacher, was not doing the same, as thoughts of the new year flooded my brain.  Will they be kind?  Will they persevere? ...

“Reading is Thinking” was one of the first things I told my fifth graders at the beginning of the school year.  Later they led the school in a hearty rendition of the Metacognition Song which begins, “I think I can think about ...

Each day, each lesson, each project is an opportunity to guide my students in their quest for knowledge.  Some days it is crystal clear that learning is taking place and some days not so much.  Some learning is muddy and most learning is ...

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures” ~ Thornton Wilder   Thanksgiving is a time when like it or not, we stop to reflect on those treasures that fill our hearts.  First my ...

“Do we have to?” This was the chorus from some of my students when I announced that they would be required to write an essay for a recent Boston Globe contest.  “If you don’t try, you can’t win,” I said, to which they replied, ...

An Open Letter to New Teachers: As a new mother some twenty-eight years ago my mother-in-law told me that, “If you wait long enough, all the things you are teaching your children will come back to you.”  That was hard to believe as I ...

Although I have spent the day “proud as a peacock” there was no need for a display of colorful feathers, my students were three feathers in my cap!  I am always looking for opportunities for students to participate in authentic learning ...