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wisdom from the truly fantastic four #sol17

Wisdom from the Truly Fantastic Four June 20, 2017 Today was “Step Up” Day at our school.  Students move up to their next class, meet their teacher, and we have a step up ceremony for the fourth graders who are … Continue reading

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do #SOL17

Breaking Up is Hard to Do June 6, 2017 It’s that time of year again.  The number of school days is dwindling down to small double digits.  This is when the student begin to break up with us. A veteran … Continue reading

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Tear It Down (Coming Soon)

Tear it Down (Coming Soon) May 30, 2017 The gas station on the corner that I pass every day is torn down. It had a Dunkin’ Donuts inside. The gas was always expensive. I think it used to have a … Continue reading

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Hard Stop.

Hard Stop. May 24, 2017   I not a big fan of summative assessments.  I tend to look at everything formatively.  This is partially due to the fact that I’m not really ever finished with students until the go to … Continue reading

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Hope is Not a Tactic

May 23, 2017 Hope is Not a Tactic   Against my will  I watched the movie Deepwater Horizon over the weekend.  While this isn’t a blog to review movies,  I deeply recommend this movie.  For so many reasons, it made … Continue reading

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rattlesnake footprints

May 10, 2017 Recently there was a news story about a child and his stepfather who were lost in a nearby woods.  When interviewed the child (around 8) said there weren’t any rattlesnakes or anything, but there were a lot of … Continue reading

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Every Word, Every Person, Everyday #sol17

Every Word,  Every Person, Everyday  #sol17 May 9, 2017 I usually post some sunny anecdote that puts me in a positive light and wraps coaching up in a neat package.  The truth is that day after day there are a … Continue reading

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View from the Balcony #sol17

A View from the Balcony May 2, 2017 I’ve been rushed lately or at least I feel rushed, like my to-do list is too long and I’m just racing through the days.  But today something slowed me down.  Today I … Continue reading

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small batch coaching #sol17

 Small Batch Coaching April 18, 2017 I have been thinking a great deal about instructional coaching of late; having a coaching cycle in place in my role as a literacy specialist:  teachers I meet with weekly,  co-teaching in place with … Continue reading

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A Lesson Learned in Time #sol17

So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time   Green Day April 4, 2017 This is state testing week in fourth grade.  I have had my own little … Continue reading

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