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August 30, 2016

Reconnecting With Wisdom From 'the Little Prince'

Children's books often share major life lessons that morph into more complicated plot lines as fiction grows longer. Seeing things simply does have it's place. As the world grows more crazy, we can take solace in the wise words of children and continue to understand that our imaginations never stop working if we choose to continue to exercise them.

August 23, 2016

The Power of Podcasts and a Love of Books

Podcasting can be a great way to engage readers with a text. One podcast that employs great strategies for reading a text is Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Read on to see how this particular podcast can be a launching point for using podcasting in your classes.

August 09, 2016

Connecting With Students Through Literature

As teachers, we have an obligation to find this common denominator to help students really connect to learning and literature they would have never found on their own.

August 01, 2016

Going Back to Hogwarts After All These Years

As the world is growing increasingly more technological and folks claim people are losing attention spans, we need to focus on the words and experiences that connect us and really great literature does. What helps you connect to your students?

July 10, 2016

Character Development in the Half-Blood Prince

As a teacher of students and of writing, building, nurturing and understanding characters is essential to doing my job well. In the 6th novel, we watch characters we have known become dimensional individuals as we watch our students grow into young adults along the way. We must offer encouragement and support as our students face challenging choices, teaching them to make good decisions without making them for them.

July 03, 2016

Teaching Wisdom from #HarryPotter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

With the shift in the novel, we see a shift in Harry, like we often see in our students as they begin to mature. The issues become more complicated and helping them stay on a positive path more challenging. How do you help your students make good decisions as adolescence begins to entice them in different directions?

June 19, 2016

10 Lessons Learned From Harry Potter

Like with all good literature, there are many themes and lessons we can learn and apply to our every day lives... Harry Potter is no exception

April 24, 2016

Deepen Reflection, Deepen Learning

Teachers can learn a lot from asking students to reflect and self-assess against the standards and we do the students and ourselves a disservice by not making it an expectation. Perhaps writing a reflection like this isn't appropriate for every class, maybe a video or voice recording would be better. Know your students and differentiate and scaffold reflections to best suit their individual needs.

April 07, 2016

Get Kids Drawing to Deepen Learning

Drawing is another way for students to creatively show what they know. We can incorporate more design in what is going on in class so students can demonstrate understanding visually rather than just in words.

March 24, 2016

Make Complex Texts Accessible For All Students

Most students are curious about many things, it's just a matter of tapping into them. Listen to them while they speak and offer them more opportunities to share their ideas. Try to record it when it happens because magic usually happens and it's great to have proof of those experiences.

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