Truism: Leather sofas make your hair stand up. 

Warren G. Harding High School

This is a big, old school in Warren, OH scheduled for rennovation. It will be cool for the kids to get a new building, but the antique lover in me feels sad that it is going down. It is the kind of building that would withstand centuries. Even the concrete floors in the

Warren G. Harding High School 

Bloomsburg University Reading Conference

This is a healthy, well-planned conference on the green, rolling campus of Bloomsburg State University. Lots of selections for teachers of kids of all ages.
Separate from my two presentations, I had three extensive conversations with teachers — all on the topic of assessment and guided writing. (is there such

Big smiles at Sunbeam School, Cleveland, OH 

Sunbeam School, Cleveland, OH

The first thing you notice about Sunbeam is how friendly everyone is. Not that other schools are unfriendly, it’s just that EVERYONE makes an effort to shake hands and say “hi.” With 2 of the four classes I talked to we wrote poems, What’s So Big About Sunbeam School, where I found out the

Normandy Primary School Bay Village, OH

What’s so big about Bay Village? Looks like it’s the ice cream shop, the lake, the city pool, soccer and Normandy School and dozens of other places. Students at Normandy made individual pictures of what they think is big about their own town after reading What’s So Big About Cleveland. Their illustrations

What’s so Big About Bay Village? 

Biking in Painesville

Biking this morning around 9AM, we passed a young boy, maybe 9 years old, walking down the street presumably on his way to school. Late. No other students in sight. Trying to scratch in his open workbook flapping in the wind as he walked. Crying.
Yesterday I heard a

Michael, Sandina and me in the “round room” at Manchester Jr./Sr. High School. 

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