Haim Ginott

I discovered this quote from Haim Ginott hanging in one of the classrooms at SUNY Cortland on my very first day. I took a picture and saved it to my camera roll, and I often reread it to remind myself that everything I do and say matters. Haim Ginott (1922-1973) was child psychologist and teacherContinue reading “Haim Ginott”

Back to School Again

Today marks the first day of the new semester, so of course this song has been taking up space in my head. You’re welcome. Unlike in the movie, however, there is no unmasked, group-dancing in early-September sunshine to celebrate the occasion. It is February 2021, and we’re still learning from home in our Covid-quarantine bubblesContinue reading “Back to School Again”

Are You Your Favorite Author?

This tweet has been circulating social media; it originated on Twitter, but I saw it on Facebook. Since January 15th, it’s received 162.8K likes and has been shared 14.1K times. Obviously, it struck a chord with many people. Some of the responses include: “I would like to hire her as a life coach” “It’s aContinue reading “Are You Your Favorite Author?”

Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?

I was scrolling through social media recently when I came across the above meme and quote. As a mother, certified teacher, and fulltime literacy education student, I have mixed feelings about this message. On the one hand, I wholeheartedly believe in the transformative power of books. They allow us a glimpse into other people’s lives,Continue reading “Are Kids Who Hate Reading Just Reading the Wrong Books?”

The Chanel Sisters

Do you like stories that transport you to another time and place? Do you enjoy reading about bold women who challenge societal norms? If the answer is yes, then settle in for a tale of self-discovery, perseverance, and redemption.   Orphaned at a young age and left in the care of convent nuns, Gabrielle “Coco”Continue reading “The Chanel Sisters”

Applying Grice’s Cooperative Principle to Online Discussions

Philosopher of language H. P. Grice (1989) developed a set of rules used to determine the efficacy of conversation between speakers and listeners. Termed Grice’s cooperative principle, these rules center around the Quality, Quantity, Relation, and Manner of an exchange. Quality refers to the extent to which a statement is true and supported by evidence.Continue reading “Applying Grice’s Cooperative Principle to Online Discussions”

Language as a Functional Resource

Teachers must consider many factors when planning and teaching, but two are likely at the forefront. One is pedagogical content knowledge, which refers to teachers’ understanding of specific subject matter. The other is pedagogical language knowledge, which refers to teachers’ awareness of the language students need to master the content (D. Freeman & Y. Freeman,Continue reading “Language as a Functional Resource”

Critical Literacy Theory

Subscribing to Critical Literacy Theory entails the careful examination and evaluation of text in order to “see” multiple versions of the same story. It requires deliberately questioning the voices of the majority perspective by bringing those of the oppressed to the forefront. It involves analyzing the structure and content of words and images to understandContinue reading “Critical Literacy Theory”

Teaching Is Like . . .

When I was an undergrad at SUNY Cortland, one of my Foundations and Social Advocacy professors asked us students to think of a metaphor to describe what it means to be a teacher. As someone who enjoys nature and digging in the dirt, I have always imagined that being a teacher is a lot likeContinue reading “Teaching Is Like . . .”

Why “Books and Bloom”?

For several years now, I have been wanting to start a blog. But what to call it? While not the only factor holding me back—would anyone read what I wrote? would they even want to?—I’m embarrassed to admit that the lack of a title was an admittedly convenient excuse. In truth, I was standing onContinue reading “Why “Books and Bloom”?”