Can’t Remember? Don’t “Just Google It”

Last night, I attended a party for a 50th wedding anniversary. At one point, my husband pointed to the lovely centerpiece adorning our table and asked me, "What's the name of that flower?" It was a natural question since, before I was a teacher, I was a floral designer for ten years, and I prided … Continue reading Can’t Remember? Don’t “Just Google It”

A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literature: Pairing Whole-Class Novels with Independent Reading Choice

This is a companion to my Edutopia article, Getting Everyone on the Same Page. Since I believe that balance in all aspects of education is crucial, I teach whole-class novels right along with assisting my students in choosing the books they read independently. In fact, my middle school students are always in the process of reading … Continue reading A Balanced Approach to Teaching Literature: Pairing Whole-Class Novels with Independent Reading Choice