Being Mindful of How we Begin our School Year

As the new school year approaches, educators from kindergarten through higher education (myself included) are in a transitional period that can be cause for both great excitement and a sense of dread.  These last few weeks before school are a time to re-think how we have done things in the past and create new plans and possibilities for our classrooms.…

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…