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Building a case for picture books

The first time I intuitively felt someone dismiss picture books as only for little kids, I was genuinely surprised.

“Oh, we don’t read picture books anymore with Connor.*  He’s reading chapter books on his own now.”  This mother’s statement perplexed me then as it was unexpected.   830 more words

An Inspirational Learning Experience

                                                               photo credit @SuzanaSedlak
What inspires thousands of teachers to spend a precious Saturday rushing from one workshop to another hoping not to miss a moment? It must be the love of learning and yearning for growth. 811 more words


SOL: Finding Ourselves in Others

I think the first Patricia Polacco book I ever read was Pink and Say (1994), but I can’t be certain. I do know that Chicken Sunday was in the literature anthology my school adopted in 1996.  601 more words

Slice Of Life

#SOL15: March Challenge Day 29 - 88th Saturday Reunion #TCRWP

It’s the little things that make life wonderful!

Little things can seem like insurmountable objects . . .

like navigating the NYC subway system to arrive at Teachers College EARLY!   659 more words


#SOL15: Day 28, Riverside Church and Patricia Polacco

Today I’m in New York, slicing day 28 with Two Writing Teachers.

I left Los Angeles yesterday. Problems, worries, exhaustion, questions came with me on the plane. 262 more words

My Grandma is gone.

Isabelle noticed an unlit Yahrzeit candle on the island in our kitchen before she went upstairs last night. (My mom is at our house through tomorrow. 725 more words

Slice Of Life

Food for Thought, a Library for a Larder

Food and books (when good) bring people together. It is a fact of life, just as it is a fact that I can rarely say no to red wine and dark chocolate, and make the *best* chocolate chip cookies. 823 more words