This year, I started the school year by reading this amazing book by R. J. Palacio to our staff and then to all of the students in their classrooms. I love the line, "I can't change the way I look, but maybe, just maybe, people can change the way they see." So good. We are … Continue reading We’re All Wonders #30SecondBookTalk
The #30SecondBookTalk is in full swing led by @GustafsonBrad and @JenniferLagarde where they celebrate literacy by sharing the love of great literature. This year, I'm competing in the first round with my book talk of Josh Funk's It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk, a great book with amazing visuals. I used WeVideo to edit the video … Continue reading #30SecondBookTalk Tournament
Principals need to be engaging with students in their classrooms for them to be an effective leader. It is imperative that we get a feeling of what the teachers’ and students’ lives are like in school on a regular basis. Random walkthroughs and class visits don’t always give this immersed feeling because they are quick … Continue reading The Power of Principal Read Alouds
I made this Book Talk video as a reminder for my students to reread The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt. I read this book and held a rock, paper, scissors tournament with every class at Ashland in the fall 2017.
We have a team of readers at Ashland and I wanted to inspire, not require, them to read this great book Legacy by James Kerr. Legacy provides insight into the amazing culture of one of the world's most successful sporting teams, the All Blacks, a rugby team from New Zealand. This book provides powerful lessons … Continue reading Principal’s Book Talk – Legacy
This is my 5th read aloud for my students at Ashland this year, but this time I wanted to hook them in even before I visit their classrooms. Thank you to my buddy Brad Gustafson for paving the way with these type of engaging book talks!