Why books like “A Boy Called Bat” matter

This morning I sat down to read A Boy called Bat by Elana K. Arnold. It was a wonderfully heart warming story. Bixby Alexander Tam or BAT for short is surprised one day when his veterinarian mom brings home an orphan skunk to care for until a rescue facility can house it. The part thatContinue reading “Why books like “A Boy Called Bat” matter”

Disrupting Thinking-The book we need now.

Kylene Beers and Robert Probst are mentioned a few times on my blog and for good reason. They have helped form my thoughts and opinions on reading instruction and so many other things. Today I want to talk a little about a book that I think all teachers should read, heck even parents should haveContinue reading “Disrupting Thinking-The book we need now.”

We can’t do everything everyone says

When I first started teaching grade 6 I was told that I needed to bring some “fresh” ideas to the team. Some times these fresh ideas are referred to as “best” practice for the point of this post I will just say different strategies. There are a ton of educational experts out there that haveContinue reading “We can’t do everything everyone says”

Large or Small a book should change you

My favorite educational writers Kylene Beers and Robert Probst have taught me many things. Most recently in the book Disrupting Thinking they put out the idea that the things we read should have some kind of impact on us as readers. Either through learning something new or building up an established idea or maybe evenContinue reading “Large or Small a book should change you”