Is LEADERSHIP a Dirty Word?

For a wide variety of reasons I have been thinking about leadership recently.  In conversations, professional reading, Twitter chats, professional goal setting and more, the word leadership keeps coming up.  But so does this weird, uncomfortable feeling in the pit of my stomach.  For some reason when I refer to myself as a leader or in […]

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 […]