Literacies Circle: Red Skies

Like many children, I grew up with the admonishment, “…just because I say so.” And grew up with the concept that I should believe everything that I read at face value. But like many growing kids, I began to question authority. The earliest I remember questioning was the adage: Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.Continue reading “Literacies Circle: Red Skies”

From My Bookshelf: Text Messages

Hey! A quick question! This was a text message sent to me at 9:03 a.m. I didn’t see it until 10:30 a.m. as I went running, showered, and ate a leisurely breakfast in that time frame. Would you do me a favor? Again, another text message sent at 10:38 a.m. and I was driving. MyContinue reading “From My Bookshelf: Text Messages”

Literacies Circle: How Are We Showing Up?

Not only that school board members and administrators must contend with thinking about returning students to school buildings in the face of the COVID variants this fall, but also that dyslexia laws and critical race theory are on the forefront. There were many theories, instructional methods, and commercial programs for teaching reading and writing overContinue reading “Literacies Circle: How Are We Showing Up?”

From My Bookshelf: Craft in the Real World

Craft in the Real World by Matthew Salesses challenges accepted models of writing craft and workshop. “What we call craft is in fact nothing more or less than a set of expectations. Those expectations are shaped by workshop, by reading, by awards, and gatekeepers, by biases about whose stories matter and how they should beContinue reading “From My Bookshelf: Craft in the Real World”

Literacies Circle: Rock Poetry

Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Yet, people are leaving messages too. My mom, strolling along a great lake beach, delightfully discovered poetry in the form of chalk and rocks. Like opening up a fortune cookie, reading just a few words, and deciding how the phrase defines, or will define, your life. And in thisContinue reading “Literacies Circle: Rock Poetry”