Taking Another Look at Reading Fluency. Valentine’s Gift!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I know it’s a little early, but getting close. So bringing you a special gift today, re-visiting how to help kids become capable, confident readers. Like anything else, everything starts somewhere, and I’m suggesting that more knowledge of foundational skills is critical to reading success, schoolhouse and home. Fluency is a big […]

They Don’t Know Much About History

In the Lou Adler/Herb Alpert/Sam Cooke song, “(What a) Wonderful World,” the love-struck dreamer sings, “Don’t know much about history…” He later makes this assertion: “Don’t know much about the middle ages, looked at the pictures then I turned the pages, / Don’t know nothin’ ’bout no rise and fall, don’t know nothin’ ’bout nothin’ […]

‘I Wish You Well’ – 4 Sucky Words in the Education Space

I wish you well. The 4 words that you use when you don’t know what else to say, the 4 words you hate to hear if you’re on the receiving end, the 4 words in education where we pretend that we really care about someone. This past year, I have come out and shared about […]


When I was in the seventh-grade in the early seventies, my writing teacher was a young, “hip” guy who stood out from the older teachers in our grade level. In retrospect, he had some serious flaws in his educational delivery. That could explain why he only lasted one year. One of this teacher’s rules was […]

Turn the Page

Say: “Turn to page 23. Look at the picture. Read the words. What do you think?” (Wait for responses. Wait 20 seconds. Students should say that they see a truck driving over a cliff). Say: “Good thinking. The truck is speeding toward a cliff, and the driver cannot stop it.” Say: “Turn the page.” Canned, […]

What Does Community Engagement Look Like?

As the Northern Hemisphere returns to school, school staff should reflect on the ways in which they have interacted with parents/carers and the community at large in the first half of the year.  As the Southern Hemisphere plans to return to school over the next few weeks, school staff would do well to reflect on […]

On Celebrating a Milestone Birthday!

I was born on Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, January 15th. I always figured that, in part gave birth to my strong social conscience. It certainly has been a guiding force in how and why I dedicated my life to teaching and learning with others, all ages, stages, needs and gifts. In particular, teaching scholars-in-waiting […]


My allergies were really acting up the last day before Christmas Break. I tried my best to stifle the sneezes and to fight away the itchiness of my eyes. But I was a dribbling, spraying mess all morning. My students continued to invade my personal space. They moved in on me and surrounded me in […]

Happy New Year and Decade, 2020 Love!

What the world needs now is love! Thanks, Santa, I have the best present ever. Did Elf tell you? Happy New Year 2020, May this year be a love fest for everybody, everywhere. I know we can heal the world with love, optimism and joy! My last decade started with final years of my beloved […]

The One Big Lesson We (Hopefully) All Learned in 2019

  Have you ever been scammed, hoodwinked, or bamboozled? If you have, the good news is that beyond the loss, embarrassment, and pain, there’s a valuable upside to being exploited – especially at an early age. I’m reminded of a vulnerable student who was victimized at age eight. He was clowning in class, and his […]

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