New offering: summer reading groups!

Let this be a “no nag” summer with my summer reading series. I will help your child keep their academic skills sharp and get the most out of their assigned summer reading with either individual email support or small group meetings. Please see my Summer Sessions page for details.

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Spring is in the air!

The countdown to summer has begun, and already there is a restless energy in my classroom. I see it as an annual challenge to find creative ways to harness that energy and help students channel it into their work. Changing the pace of things with a creative writing unit is working well! Students are finding their voices as authors and it’s fun to see their investment and sense of ownership over their work. I can’t wait to read their latest batch of short stories!

A “buzzing” classroom

I love how a good piece of fiction can generate such a reaction that my students begin talking about the story before they’re even fully through the doors to my classroom. Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery" has done just that, and I am enjoying the enthusiastic buzz as my students talk in small groups about how the author has built suspense in her dystopic tale.