Accountability and Time Management

Writing is usually done by yourself, but sometimes doing it by yourself isn't effective. There's nothing like writing with a friend to help you keep track of your time. if you're writing a blog post instead of editing a chapter, it still counts. Here's the thing:...

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Moving forward

Today is lovely. The sun shines, the sky offers blue instead of clouds. Roses are blooming. Today I got two rejections. Which one do you think I focused on while walking? Neither, really. It's the stories I thought about. The stories have to move forward. The people...

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Winding down

Teaching these Kindergartners and primary students has been a pleasure. I've learned so much from them and we've had fun all around. The yearbook has pictures of dancing, singing, field trips to the public library, and a couple of plays we put on as part of our class....

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Hard Reading

The Hate You Give by Angie Tomas and Kekla Magoon's How It Went Down are two hard reads, but they are necessary to the current conversation around black children and where they see themselves. These are two books that help those in more physically comfortable...

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Raising Readers

I'm going to write more on this later, but I firmly believe that finding the way to help a child love reading is about knowing the child. When we get to learn their internal motivations and what excites them, we'll be able to find the book that gives them access to...

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Poetry Month

This poetry month we examined how the children identify poems. We also established the title, verse, and importance of the words chosen. We didn't have enough time to explore much more, but we did compare some very formal poems with a few Shel Silverstein pieces. My...

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Accountability and Time Management

Writing is usually done by yourself, but sometimes doing it by yourself isn't effective. There's nothing like writing with a friend to help you keep track of your time. if you're writing a blog post instead of editing a chapter, it still counts. Here's the thing:...

Moving forward

Today is lovely. The sun shines, the sky offers blue instead of clouds. Roses are blooming. Today I got two rejections. Which one do you think I focused on while walking? Neither, really. It's the stories I thought about. The stories have to move forward. The people...

Winding down

Teaching these Kindergartners and primary students has been a pleasure. I've learned so much from them and we've had fun all around. The yearbook has pictures of dancing, singing, field trips to the public library, and a couple of plays we put on as part of our class....

Hard Reading

The Hate You Give by Angie Tomas and Kekla Magoon's How It Went Down are two hard reads, but they are necessary to the current conversation around black children and where they see themselves. These are two books that help those in more physically comfortable...

Raising Readers

I'm going to write more on this later, but I firmly believe that finding the way to help a child love reading is about knowing the child. When we get to learn their internal motivations and what excites them, we'll be able to find the book that gives them access to...

Poetry Month

This poetry month we examined how the children identify poems. We also established the title, verse, and importance of the words chosen. We didn't have enough time to explore much more, but we did compare some very formal poems with a few Shel Silverstein pieces. My...