Valentine’s Day Celebrations and Lessons in the Classroom

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have many memories of Valentine’s Days in my classroom. I Loved how the room became one giant Valentine littered with glitter, glue, doilies, and construction paper. I loved reading favorite books, some that I couldn’t get through without a sniffle or two. There was Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, Koala Lou by Mem Fox, What Do You Love? by Jonathan London, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Be My Valentine, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish, The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing, and many more. And then there was the candy and oh yes,[…]read more
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FROGS AND SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS: Engaging Boy Writers

 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
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Are You Using Multicultural Books in Your Classroom?

                     There can never be enough multicultural books in any classroom or library. Showcasing books around the many different cultures in the U.S. and world allows students, young and old, to understand people who are different from them. This understanding turns into acceptance and tolerance, which is what we should all strive for. Do you know what’s in your classroom library? Your school library? Multicultural titles should be all inclusive regardless if that culture is represented in your classroom or school. It’s important to introduce cultures to students at a young age but just as important is continuing that education.[…]read more
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