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Embracing Trouble

Full disclosure: I have two major fears. They are fear of flying and fear of public speaking. Which, makes my career choice a little odd. Because, as a literacy consultant I travel all over the world to teach in front of people, give speeches and conduct workshops. So I face my deepest fears on  Read More 
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Bend Your Knees and Brace Yourself

Those of you who follow my Twitter feed or read this blog might have noticed I’ve been mostly missing for the last 6 months.

It’s because Life came at me like a hurricane to a drought-savaged land. Storming with much welcomed water, while also destroying a lot of what lay in it’s  Read More 
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Happy Birthday Book!

It's official. My latest book - the Unstoppable Writing Teacher - is published.

This is the 8th time I have seen by name next to a copyright and an ISBN number. (Look Ma- I'm in the Library of Congress!)

And each time it happens - the day the long awaited publication date arrives -  Read More 
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Day Five - Teacher Appreciation Stories

Today is my final Teacher Appreciation Week post. I have had a lot of fun doing this - reflecting on what makes me grateful for the teachers in my life. And I am really appreciative for your responses and sharing and retweets.

I wanted to take today's blog post as an opportunity to honor  Read More 
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Day Four- Teacher Appreciation Stories

Thank you for your positive responses to the blog this week! I especially loved your lists of things purchased in the name of kids! Today's post is a little bit of a departure...

When I was a young teacher, I was told a story about a teacher in my building that affected me profoundly.

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Day Three - Teacher Appreciation Stories

Today’s teacher appreciation post is not one story in particular, but rather a story told through things. Each item on the list below are things purchased by teachers I know for their students and their classrooms. Things purchased with their own money.

When you look at each item you can imagine the story  Read More 
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Day Two - Teacher Appreciation Stories

A few years ago I got word that it was time for my 20th high school class reunion. I was on the fence about attending. I wanted to see my old friends and revisit my old high school, of course. But it was hard to justify going. I lived 3,000 miles away. I had a  Read More 
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Day One- Teacher Appreciation Stories

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I’m going to take a break from problem tackling and venture into the world of gratitude. I wanted to share some memories and stories of favorite, unflappable, inspirational, and of course, unstoppable teachers.

The first teacher that comes to mind was my own third grade teacher, Mrs.  Read More 
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Making Units Short(er)

I’m back, with a vengeance – or at least a plan to blog twice a month.

For those of you who are new to this blog, my latest book, UNSTOPPABLE WRITING TEACHER, is in its final production stages (May 15th!) This blog is meant to support and add on to the work began in  Read More 
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Time for Balancing Small Groups and Conferences

I'm back in the blogging saddle again.

I had to take a little (by little, I mean 6 week) break to finish writing my new book - and it is at last finished (at least from my end). Phew and yay. But in the meantime, I have collected many fantastic questions/issues/ideas that I  Read More 
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