Category Archives: Reading

Ushering in the New Year with a Flourish

By Heather Hollands “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~Annie Dillard My one-word resolution for 2013 is “flourish.” I like one-word resolutions because they guide you throughout the year but don’t restrict you to … Continue reading

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Reaching out to the next generation of teachers (Heather)

When I was in high school, I didn’t consider becoming an English teacher. Sure, I loved to read and write, but I had different plans. My senior English teacher Mrs. Elaine Moore suggested several times that I should go into … Continue reading

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The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe

Lemmon, Gayle Tzemach. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe. 288p. HarperCollins. 2011. Tr $24.99. ISBN 978-0-06-173237-9. Book review by Heather Hollands What would you do if you … Continue reading

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One wish can make a difference (Heather)

“Plain Jane smiled a thin little smile.  The birds began to sing.”~Jane Yolen, from Sleeping Ugly Today I slipped out of the high school for half an hour to watch my daughter Mikayla and her sixth grade class perform a Reader’s … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day (Heather)

“so I wait for you like a lonely house till you will see me again and live in me. Till then my windows ache.” ~ Pablo Neruda “I can write the saddest poem of all tonight. I loved her, and … Continue reading

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How can teachers stop killing the love of reading for students?

“You do not have to burn books to destroy culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” ~ Ray Bradbury (quoted in Readicide by Kelly Gallagher) Four years ago, I received a Michigan Reading Association Award for Educator of the … Continue reading

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My Perfect Reading Day (Heather)

It hasn’t happened quite this way yet, but… Can you imagine 30 tenth graders scattered around a classroom — some on the couch, some in their desks, some sprawled out on the floor — each engaged in reading a book … Continue reading

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Halloween stories spark imagination and a bit of fear (Heather)

On Hallowe’en the thing you must do Is pretend that nothing can frighten you An’ if something scares you and you want to run Jus’ let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun. ~from an early nineteenth century Halloween postcard The school … Continue reading

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Why professional development is important for teachers and their students (Heather)

     “The teacher is the chief learner in the classroom.” ~Donald Graves, beloved author and pioneer researcher in the field of teaching writing               Amy and I will fly to Orlando in November for the National Writing Project‘s Annual … Continue reading

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Be More, Have Less: Tapping into our Higher Creativity and Simplifying our Lives (Heather)

  “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” ~Henry David Thoreau             For our tenth year of teaching, Amy and I … Continue reading

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