Inspired By Picasso: Using Art and Literature to Teach Content Area

By |October 22nd, 2016|

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -Pablo Picasso

October 25, 2016 marks the 135th anniversary of the prolific Pablo Picasso’s birth, long ago in Spain. Picasso was a formally educated artist, trained in prestigious, elite art schools at a very young age at his father’s […]

Using the 2016 Presidential Election to Teach Literacy Skills to High School Students

By |October 20th, 2016|

The 2016 presidential election is giving people a lot to talk about. Some elections slide by without much controversy, but not this one. As an educator thinking about teaching the 2016 presidential election, I’ve had to pause. Could I successfully hide my own political views? What would conversations in my classroom look like? Would students erupt […]

It Must Be Halloween! 3 Not-So-Scary Stories for the Primary Classroom

By |October 18th, 2016|

Wind is blowing
pumpkins glowing
orange and red
all around
Leaves are falling
Children calling
Must be
And how can we enjoy this season? Reading great books, of course!

Over the years I have built quite a collection of favorite Halloween books. Some are silly, some are spooky, and all are lots of fun! Here are a few at the top of my […]

Books (and Digital Media) to Support Anti-Bullying Lessons in the Classroom

By |October 15th, 2016|

According to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, almost one out of every four students will experience some form of bullying this year.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, which is an ideal time for teachers and administrators to join forces with parents, community groups and national organizations to reaffirm the importance of anti-bullying lessons and […]

5 Ways to Empower Students through Writing—Each and Every Single Day

By |October 13th, 2016|

When I started my teaching career in 1987, I was fortunate to begin in a school that implemented classroom libraries for English/language arts instruction. And despite knowing with my whole self that what I was doing each day was best for students, I definitely floundered when trying to implement and execute.

I focused on one component […]

10 Things You Must Do at Literacy for All, October 23-25

By |October 12th, 2016|

Are you ready for the Literacy for All Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, from October 23-25, 2016? This professional development event is designed for teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, reading specialists, educators trained in Reading Recovery—and anyone else interested in learning more about literacy.

To help you prepare, we’ve rounded up some of the things we’re most […]

A Day in Her Shoes: Why We Stand Up for Girls

By |October 10th, 2016|

It’s almost evening on a typical Tuesday in October and Nydia is on her way to LitClub. After a long commute from her high school in lower Manhattan to her home in Harlem, she looks forward to reconnecting with her friends at the club, laughing over inside jokes, hearing their stories and sharing about her […]

I Read, You Read, Teens Read, We All Read! 5 YA Titles to Get Teens Reading

By |October 7th, 2016|

Teen Read Week is an opportunity to turn those reluctant teen readers into life-long book lovers. It’s important to ensure that students get the right books in their hands, so we’ve rounded up engaging young adult (YA) titles to get teens reading for the fun of it this week.
What Is Teen Read Week?
The Young Adult Library […]

Teaching Empathy and Kindness in Honor of World Smile Day

By |October 3rd, 2016|

As a society, we are enthralled with the idea of smiling. The smile inspired a familiar show tune in the musical Annie, has been studied by psychologists for decades and is the subject of inspirational wisdom handed down by everyone from Mother Theresa to Mae West.

It is in this vein that the creation and celebration […]

Using World Teachers’ Day to Teach What We (Really) Do

By |September 29th, 2016|

In 1994, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization created World Teachers’ Day to commemorate the October 5th intergovernmental conferences in Paris, which set international standards and guidelines for teachers.

Today, it is meant as a day to celebrate teachers all over the world and recognize the issues with which they are faced.
Being a Teacher […]