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Using Supports for Whole Class Novels

We spend so much time differentiating, and grouping, and tailoring education to individual needs, but sometimes, it is so nice – and necessary – to have a collective experience. One book that we all come together to read.

So how do we make sure that everyone in the room can read the same novel? Universal Design for learning tells us that everybody should be able to make a path into the learning, even if it’s not all the same path. I use several different supports to make sure we’re all on the same page.

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Socially Just Education is a Long Game

This is a re-post of an article I wrote a year ago, in the wake of the George Floyd protests, that my students were asking me about. It is still important. It still shapes my teaching and my courses. In the last months, we have seen an explosion of protests and social change in the…

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Kids Get Published

Writers Need Readers Introducing: Kids Get Published, my tool for creating authentic writing opportunities for children. Learning how to write is hard. Teaching children how to write well is even harder.  And we have to start in primary school. Too often, we leave intensive writing lessons to the upper years, waiting until they are ‘old…

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