Celebrate: Expanded Time

Time to Celebrate the Week with Ruth Ayers and others who link up every weekend. Find  more celebrations here.

This week I celebrate expanded time to find things I miss.

Email. I found wonderful thought provoking posts lurking in between the Black Friday, Cyber Monday sales.  This weekend I celebrate the folks who give so much to our reading and writing community by attending conferences, presenting and sharing their knowledge on their blogs.

You may have seen these posts, but I’m a believer in repetition.

Fran McVeigh

Katherine Sokolowski 

Elisabeth Ellington

Vicki Vinton

Books. W1mVAgAAQBAJ I got The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming at NCTE and read it on my flight home. Devoured it. Sprinkled with primary accounts and photographs the well-written narrative brings multiple perspectives to the end of the Romanov’s 300-year reign in Russia.

I love holding a book, feeling my progression through it. Reveling in the pleasure of consumption without the worry of holding every bit of information it put forth.

Yay for narrative nonfiction.


Gravity Goldberg’s new book, Mindsets & Moves. For the past three years, I’ve attempted to move my students toward mindful engagement in reading.  Student metacognition (the what and why they read) is also about me understanding how to support this work. Just wanting students to be agents of their own learning isn’t enough.  I need to “mindfully” move them. Gravity’s book is moving me toward the goal of student ownership via her moves of mining (finding student processes), mirroring (giving feedback), modeling (my literate moves) and mentoring (coaching and support toward independence).

My notebook. Notebooking tends to go during the school year. This week I’ve gone back to it to reread, reflect and write.  Paper and pen make for a different kind of energy and perspective.

Thanksgiving’s essential ingredients: family. We had all the cousins together. While I miss the stages of little people, it’s a great pleasure to be with these beautiful young adults.