Guest Post: Learning to Talk About the Power of Stories – 5 How-To Guides for Innovative Literature Circles

In this post, we share five How-To Guides for facilitating literature circles that help learners uncover the power of stories. The guides range from grades Pre-K-6th grade. About Literature Circles: Literature circles (sometimes called book groups or literature groups) are book discussion groups organized around a book, theme, genre, or author. Students must learn to be…

Transformative Teacher #10: Sydney Coffin

If the principles of social network theory worked perfectly in real life, I would have met Sydney Coffin at least 20 years ago. Overlapping school friendship circles, participation in the same teacher networks, and shared professional interests in literacy and social justice link us in many ways. As it was, we met a few months…

How Connected Learning Brought My Family Closer Together

If someone had told me two months ago that a MOOC would bring my family closer together I would have LOL’d at the idea. However, several weeks into my participation in the National Writing Project & Educator Innovator’s Connected Learning MOOC (#CLMOOC), I can tell you that “Connected Learning” has taken on an entirely new…