Sara Kelly Lufkin

Born November 11, 2006 at 4:59 pm. Weight: 4 lbs. 9 oz. (tiny baby!). She joins mom and dad (Katie and Doug) and her big sister Steph and brother Scott (aka Scooter).
She was anxious to make her arrival and check-in several weeks early, but Sara Kelly is eating and breathing at the same time

Warm Up Joy

You have to give respect to get it!Be the best you can be!Fairness!Play by the rules, be a winner!Giraffe heroes stick their necks out for the common good!
The gymnasium at Rockcave Elementary School is papered with inspiring banners, all ending in ballooning exclamation points. I was particularly drawn to the talking giraffe urging kids

Why Education is Useless

“Tradition encourages us to think that those who are book smart are lacking in street smarts. We are inclined to think that even if [intellectuals] hearts[s] are in the right place, their heads are in the clouds.” Daniel Cottom
I was researching and wandering the aisles at the library downtown Cleveland Public Library Branch on

Keystone State Reading Association

Lots of old friends at this meeting — but not as many new faces. I have no hard numbers to back this up, but like many reading conferences lately, this one seemed smaller and more sparsely attended. Is it the economy? Is it that schools are too tied in knots over NCLB that there is


I thought this test was a joke when I first heard about it — but it is far from funny. Dr. Goodman has approved this article for sharing — seen here in part. Since the article’s first publication, the investigation of the committee that sanctioned this test has concluded that those who were to profit

St. Thomas Aquinas Literacy Storytelling Festival

Stories are the bridge between who we are and who we used to be. Listening to the other presenter’s stories, I’m drawn to cross those bridges with the teller, to put my trust in the teller’s hand as he/she reminds me of who I once was, other crossings flashing by on fast forward.
I’m still

Wattsburg Elementary , Erie PA

This is a happening place, students were active in a common area making little literacy bags to hold their books and their journals and pencils. NO DIBELS at this school, hooray! Toward the end of the day, at the beginning of a writing workshop with the second grade, one girl looked at me and said,

Southeast IRA

Breakfast with Poets — Brod Bagert and me. Many in the audience were more familiar with Brod than with me, so I did a little overview of how I got started writing and the theme of each of my books, along with a few exercises for writing across the curriculum. It was an exercise in

Circling for a landing

This post is for all the people who have ever said: You get to travel, that must be so much fun!
Monday I left Cleveland for Mobile via Houston at 9:30 AM EST a little late — 30 minute delay. Big deal. But we went into a holding pattern due to storms, and we circled

Freedom of Dress

Last night on Bill Mauer, he said that he didn’t think he should have to talk to women who were wearing a burqa, it is so fourteenth century and basically they are doing it only because men want them to. First of all, he meant abaya (black with headscarf) not a burqa (blue, total cover).

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