Top 5 Things I Learned at CSLA 2019

First of all, I learned way more than five things at the 2019 California School Library Association Conference, but I don’t have a ton of time to write, so…five it is. Who does not love a good conference? There’s something about the feeling of collegiality and enthusiasm you get from being around people who are […]

Google Add-Ons and Extensions

  This summer I gave a presentation about Google add-ons and extensions. Part of my information came from the following great resources: Free Technology for Teachers (@rmbyrne): 10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons Cool Cat Teacher (@coolcatteacher): 15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education In preparation, I experimented and tried to figure out what […]

Who does better on Reading Tests? Readers! Thoughts from UCI Teachers Conference

Last week—wait was that only last week?—I drove down to UC Irvine to attend the UCI Conference for Teachers.  My general rule for evaluating one-day conferences or workshops is this: The time is well spent if I take away at least one great idea.  At UCI I got many. Carol Jago (@CarolJago), educator, author and NCTE past […]

Collaboration: It’s Not Just for Students Anymore

Like many teachers, one thing that attracted me to the profession was the idea that I would be in charge of my own classroom, my own little world. I like doing things on my own. I eschew book clubs and I do not exercise with a running partner. Two people cooking in the kitchen is one […]