Paul Newman once said, “The harder the hill, the steeper the climb, the better the view from the finishing line.”  This week I was thrilled to participate in our school-wide assembly to celebrate our Dunning Community of Readers. ...

“Make a claim, support it with evidence and you will be successful in persuading your audience.”  This is what I have been teaching my students for the past few weeks as they hone their writing skills. “Pick a topic that you ...

What a wonderful first week of school.  We are off to a great start.  Students are exploring the classroom library and are already reading independently.  We have begun to generate ideas for writing personal essays and all of us are settling ...

Drumroll please…… I am beyond excited today as my new and improved classroom website makes its debut!  I have had a classroom website since I began teaching sixteen years ago but this new site provides increased opportunities to ...

The room is all set up, the bulletin boards are waiting, labels are on all the books and folders, and everything is polished and shiny, but wait, something is missing?  A classroom does not truly come to life until the students arrive.  ...

I opened my email this morning to a lovely surprise from MassCUE  (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators) My students have been chosen to showcase their work at the upcoming Confidence to Create conference at Gillette Stadium in October.

Today is August 1, 2014 and I am savoring every last beach day storing up energy from the sun’s splendid rays as I eek ever closer to August 25th – the first day of school for teachers.

Happy 70th birthday to my all time writing hero, Patricia Polacco. My relationship with her goes way back to when my children were little. We had a collection of all her books which now resides in my classroom. I actually was delighted to meet ...

A morning cup of coffee and a perusal of my inbox mixed with a daily email from Richard Byrne’s blog Free Technology For Teachers inspired me to put both of my upcoming reading classes on https://www.biblionasium.com/ On this kid friendly ...

I just spent three days in Denver, Colorado at the annual NEA Representative Assembly. What a treat to attend Raise Your Hand: Empowered Educators Day with my fellow state teachers of the year celebrating and encouraging teacher voice. The day ...