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Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

05.18.18 Amazing Source of Five-Plagues Aligned Texts

We’re in Albany today with 150 amazing folks at our Reading Reconsidered workshop. Earlier this morning we discussed the five plagues of the developing reader–five common challenges that make complex text difficult for students and that are not captured by quantitative measures of text complexity such as Lexiles. We discussed the example of Lord of the…


05.04.18 We Are Writing a Language Arts Curriculum!

  This is kind of an exciting announcement. Maybe a scary one too. My team and I have decided to write a Language Arts (i.e. English) Curriculum.  We’re going to start with the middle grades (4-8) and expand from there. With a little luck we hope to have it ready for schools to use a year…


04.27.18 A Perfect Start to the Day in Tamesha McGuire’s Kindergarten

This week I sat down to watch footage of Tamesha McGuire’s Kindergarten at Uncommon’s Kings Elementary in Brooklyn. Now, technically I’m supposed to give Tamesha feedback first before I post anything–she’s a TLAC Fellow and that’s part of the program–but, honestly, I loved this clip so much I couldn’t wait. So with apologies to Tamesha, here’s…