Prioritizing Civil Discourse

It is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  Election Day.  A day that fills many of us with patriotic excitement with a strong dose of anxiousness.  This federal election cycle has been the most divisive election of my lifetime. And if I feel that was an adult, I know my students are feeling it too.  Talking about … Continue reading Prioritizing Civil Discourse


Mentor Author – Jason Reynolds

Jason Reynolds is the man. You have probably seen a number of his written works on lists of must-reads for YAs and teachers on topics of race. He is a New York Times bestselling author, a NAACP Image Award Winner, a National Book Award Finalist, and has received multiple honors from Coretta Scott King Award. … Continue reading Mentor Author – Jason Reynolds

Presenting at i-Innovate

The school district that I work for implemented one student-to-one device six years ago.  I began my first year of teaching during the second year of the one-to-one implementation.  My teaching journey with a one-to-one environment has been a mixture of diving right in and slight hesitations in regards to the feasibility of some of … Continue reading Presenting at i-Innovate

We The People – AFT Lobby Day

We the people are the legislative branch. We the people must be informed.  We the people must vote in our local, state, and federal elections. We the people must follow through to make our voices heard to our local, state, and federal representatives.  We owe it to the next generation to make sure that the … Continue reading We The People – AFT Lobby Day

Creating Book Reviews in Writers Workshop

As the final formal writing piece of the school year students wrote a book review on their book club book.  The school district I work for utilizes a curriculum that provides “boxed” reading and writing units that implement the workshop model of instruction, one of the units assigned to my grade level is a book … Continue reading Creating Book Reviews in Writers Workshop

Author Visits Bring Reading Alive

Fern Schumer Chapman, author, and her mother, Edith Westerfeld Schumer, pose for a photograph with some of the 7th Grade students. Photo Credit: Amy Hamernick https://twitter.com/AhamernickCJH In the seventh-grade social studies curriculum, students learn about World War II which grants a natural cross-curricular experience with fiction and nonfiction texts about the topic in language arts … Continue reading Author Visits Bring Reading Alive