Mid Days …

In August, I wrote a post titled, "First Days...".  I so wanted to capture the clean, calm time of unknowns and possibilities that is the first weeks of a school year with a new class of students.  Here we are now in the Mid Days.  It is halfway through the school year and we are deep …

The “Pop Stick Method”: equitable or just cold-calling?

Years ago, I was introduced to the idea of having a cup of pop sticks, you know the one,  with each of my student's name on it, ready to go in my classroom.  This is a super common technique used in classrooms.  It is an alternative to having students raise their hands to share.  At …

First Days…

It has been on my mind to take some photos of our learning space- the physical environment- in these early days of the school year.  I am always snapping photos of the students in action to share with families, but I rarely photograph our space.  I want to keep a memory of what it looks …