Book Review: Fall Mixed Up and The Ghost Eye Tree

Fall lends itself so well to all kinds of writing. We celebrate lots of fun, not religious holidays that the kids are VERY invested in so it's easy to convince them to write about some of their favorite things. Two books we've read this fall that inspired some super interesting writing are Fall Mixed Up…

Review: IQ A Practical Guide to Inquiry Based Learning by Jennifer Watt and Jill Colyer

All around education; the buzz word 'inquiry' pops up. Inquiry based learning, Inquiry questions, Inquiry projects - but it is hard to know where to start, what it means and how to assess these projects. This book has been so, so helpful. "Inquiry-based learning is a process used to solve problems, create new knowledge, resolve…

This week in our Classrooms: Reading Non-Fiction

There is SO MUCH learning to be had from books and reading - and in our tech crazy world, sometimes we forget that. We've all had students who would only read non-fiction for a project or paper. There have been students who would refuse or groan at the idea of reading non-fiction, but sometimes (if…

Review: Teaching Student Centered Math

If you teach math to students from k- 8 this is the only book you need. It is SO GOOD. I was lucky enough to be given a full set of these books by a math specialist I was working with in London, but it was another year before I realized just what a gem…

5 Great Read Alouds for Middle School

I am a big proponent for reading aloud to kids of all ages and stages. Read aloud's allow students to access texts that otherwise might be too advanced for them and encourages them to pick up new types and genres. It allows them to hear how a fluent reader reads, and is just a really…

Review: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

This book is a "teen" version of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This one is written for teens, with age appropriate examples, jokes and illustrations. Lately there is a lot of talk around Growth Mindset, and teaching 21st Century Learners, and I am all for it. I'll be honest though, sometimes I'm a…

Review: Igniting a Passion for Reading by Steven L. Layne

┬áIf you are looking for ways to increase student engagement with books and reading this is the book for you. It is full of amazing tips and ideas, not to mention feel good stories about amazing teachers and lives changed. This book is not about teaching your students how to read but rather how to…