Literacies Circle: Back to School

It’s back to school time. Literally for many schools. Back in-person, face-to-face, with or without masks, and even full time. But not without skepticism, wariness, and anxiety. Will school be back to normal? Many people hope so, but for some people, “normal” wasn’t working for them even before the pandemic and they hope for change.Continue reading “Literacies Circle: Back to School”

From My Bookshelf: The Hidden Life of Trees

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben makes a case that trees are beings in a social network for the same reasons that humans live in communities. With much biologic research and a bit of anthropomorphizing, we learn that life in trees—filled with molecules, sugars, fungi, bacteria, heavy metals and toxins, nitrogen, woodpeckers, beetles,Continue reading “From My Bookshelf: The Hidden Life of Trees”

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?”