Moving Beyond Literature Circles

When I first moved up to teach middle school many years ago the conversation shifted from the importance of guided reading instruction to the value of literature circles.  These kid-friendly versions of book clubs were all the rage and teacher guides began popping up everywhere.  Moving beyond the standard novel study (the whole class reading […]

Far Too Long Away

I am embarrassed at how long it has been since I posted a blog.  I now find the writing process relaxing, not daunting, and the feedback and collaborative dialogue exhilarating, not intimidating. So why so long away from the blog community? I could easily blame my busy life.  4 active kids, my lovely hubby, two […]