Category Archives: Elementary School

February 9, 2018

New Philadelphia – Young Authors

Sara and I just spent a couple days down South. Just under a hundred miles South of our house that is. This required a couple early morning drives through some, at times, questionable weather. But the white knuckle driving was all with it once we got there. have I told you how much we love […]


February 4, 2018

Eastern Middle School – Greenwich, CT

We love coming to Eastern and consider ourselves honorary Gators – we show up wave to the office folks and head to the teacher lounge to store our lunches in the refrigerator. It really is a homecoming of sorts.


February 4, 2018

Mill Pond Elementary – Westborough, Mass.

What a great way to get back on the saddle again. Mill Pond elementary in Westborough Massachusetts made getting back into the swing of school visits a pleasure. The literacy coordinator, Stephanie Nephew had everyone so prepared for our visit all we had to do was show up. We did four assemblies the first day for […]


May 8, 2017

Brookpark Memorial Elementary

Our penultimate school visit of the 2017 season. Brook Park Memorial Elementary where we were greeted with enthusiastic open arms by Jenifer Csiszar the instructional coach who arranged our visit.   We did a couple assemblies – one for the K thru second graders then one for the third thru fifth. Afterwards we each did a […]


November 13, 2016

Escola Americana de Campinas

So this was the first time I met a monkey who I didn’t not like. One of the best perks to my and Sara’s job is the great folks from all over the world who we get to be friends with. This is the case with Heather and Tom who have just recently arrived at […]


October 14, 2016

McKinley Elementary School

And away we go! Sara and I start another school year and we couldn’t have asked for a better kick off than McKinley Elementary in Elyria, Ohio! Not only do we get to begin our season in our home State which has become too rare an occurrence for us (hint hint Ohio schools – we […]


March 6, 2016

Communication is a Three Legged Stool.

We all want our kids to be college or career ready right? So why do so many of us – parents and teachers – actively support a practice that diminishes this outcome?


February 25, 2016

Making Learning Visible

Sara Holbrook and I do what teachers would do if they had more time. We come up with lessons. We create engagement strategies centered on writing frameworks.


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