Why We Don’t Take Our Learning Home With Us

At his #ettsummit session, Celebrating the Wonderful Mess (liveblogged by Beth Holland), Martin Moran posed a challenge to the audience: How can we better retain our learning from conferences? He described a situation that’s all too familiar to me: so much incredible reflection and learning happens for me at some of the education conferences I…

Advanced Methods: Where Do We Go From Here?

If you’re a Buffy fan–and I hope you are!–you can read this post while playing “Where Do We Go From Here?” Because I’m thoughtful like that. “Where do we go from here?” is the theme song for the end of all of my courses for pre-service teachers. By the end of the semester, we may achieve…

Reading in the Wild: Self-Selected Reading

Writing about her own and her husband’s reading lives, Donalyn Miller notes, “We rarely read a book that we don’t enjoy or at least appreciate”–and that’s because she and her husband have developed a trusted set of criteria for choosing books. Miller argues that teachers need to support students in developing their own system because…

Teach Like a Pirate: Some Thoughts

Here’s why I wanted to like Teach Like a Pirate: There is so much enthusiasm for this book among my PLN, and I do love to see teachers enthusiastic about their work and looking for new ways to engage students and create excitement about learning. Burgess loves his work, and he’s incredibly enthusiastic about his…