ReadingCon 2017

Thanks to Follett and STEMRead for putting together the inaugural #ReadingCon day conference. It was a conference with a twist where authors paired with educators in a smaller setting than most conferences. I was lucky enough to be invited to be a moderator for two sessions. Making Connections: Teaching Social and Emotional Topics with Literature Authors: Eric Rohmann, Carol Weston, and Chelsea Sedoti We Need Diverse Books Authors: Gene Luen Yang and Matt Lamothe


 The intent of this three-part blog series is to share with you six simple changes I made to increase engagement and better meet the needs of boy writers.  “How can I get the boys in my class more interested and engaged in writing?” That was the question I was most often asked while working as an instructional coach and writing specialist. My usual response was a list of time-honored practices that served all writers, not necessarily strategies that met the specific needs of boys. Although I knew the practices to be valuable; I knew the answer I gave was not the answer they were seeking.[…]read more

Burnt Out? Stay Positive

Do you see it? That light at the end of the tunnel. Do you daydream about warm, summer days? Catching up on your to-be-read list? Or maybe taking some professional classes to learn new strategies? I can completely relate to how stressful teaching is. By spring a lot of teachers (and students) were zombies roaming the hallways. But there were still standardized tests that needed to be administered, at least at my school! All this stress on teachers more often than not, leads to burnout. What is burnout? It’s when you lose your drive. You lose your passion for teaching. You become unexceptional. You lose[…]read more