We've been creating Literacy-O-Lanterns for our school's media center for several years now. As fun as the pumpkins are to paint, it's seeing the sparkle in students' eyes as they're discussing the different characters that's the most magical. Over the years, students have guessed, debated, and stared at 42+ different reading-themed pumpkins. Some of our students have joined the tradition, and each year they paint more than 100 pumpkins to display as well. If you or your stud
I was in the lunchroom last week when a 4th grader approached me with a very concerned look on her face. She appeared as if she was on the verge of tears, but somehow managed to ask me a question: "Are you going to record the slime later today?" I still get a little choked up thinking about this. Mainly because of how much her question meant to her. She was referring to an assembly we'd be having later that afternoon. (An assembly she needed to miss because she had to leave s
For the past couple years, I've been fortunate to co-host an educational podcast with a very good friend of mine. We call our show #UnearthED, and our goal is to dig deeper into stories that bubble up on Twitter and other media sites. Recently, a story from the New York Times erupted and had educators everywhere buzzing. You can read the full story (and 600+ comments) HERE. The article introduced the concept of teacher-branding and raised questions about the ethics involved.
Our staff created a "lip sync battle" video as a reward for students. Today is the official "release day" for the video and we hope it makes students smile as much as we smiled while creating it. One thing the video doesn't show is the incredible work our entire team does to create a culture where relationships, innovation, and learning come together in such a fun and collaborative manner. This week we had teachers surprise students by serving lunch, participate in the #booka
Today's school leaders are operating in extremely complex times. Remaining silent about the challenges we face is not the kind leadership our students are counting on. The students we serve need leaders with the moral courage to lean into this work. The conversation is an important part of the work. Dr. Bill Ziegler and I are partnering with NAESP and NASSP to share a webinar designed to spur conversation and action. Please join us as we discuss leading culturally responsive