Children Perform Acts of Kindness

  It was the beginning of Kindness Week at Colchester Elementary School. “We made posters and we baked cookies and brownies,” said Carmine Rossi, a first grade student. The gifts were presented to the office staff, nurses and custodians. “We are bringing kindness to them. They do a lot of stuff for us.”  Ricky Lenda,…

Query Letter

  During the month of March, Colchester Elementary School recognizes an increase in behavior issues with the children. The cause is unknown, but teachers and counselors speculate that long winters cultivate the problems. The school celebrates Kindness Week to focus on thoughtful deeds rather than troubled arguments. This year, classrooms volunteered to make a difference…

Serving Talent with Fries at Sonic Open Mic Night

  A young musician reviewed his playlist and tuned his guitar while servers wearing roller skates zipped around the Sonic Drive-In parking lot to deliver trays of fast food and ice cream to customers. Others gathered around, warming up their instruments to perform, some for the very first time before a live audience. “We’ve got 4-year-old,…

Eli Sanders Deserves the Pulitzer Prize

  After reading “The Bravest Woman in Seattle” by Eli Sanders, it is clear to me that Sanders deserves the Pulitzer Prize for this article. Sanders did an incredible job of weaving quotations throughout his writing to capture the voice of the victim as she tells her story of the horrific events that led to…

Who is Doing the Work?

  Anthony was excited to teach a second grade class how to use the library catalog. He started the lesson with this question: “Who can explain what a library catalog is and why it is important?” When no one raised their hand, they all listened intently as Anthony explained how the library catalog lists all…

Developing Stories

Two of my classmates in the digital journalism class I am taking are almost done with their articles. Both articles are worth reading! Linda Halabi writes about the different types of whales that live in Baja California in her post entitled “Baja California: A Whale Watcher’s Paradise”. Halabi did a great job engaging me in…

Developing Ledes

After learning last week in our digital journalism class how to develop strong ledes, my classmates and I wrote ledes for articles we are writing, and we posted the ledes on our blogs. Please take a moment to read the ledes below, and if you have any suggestions, we would appreciate the feedback. Did June…

Why the Reading Writing Project is a Librarian’s Dream

I know there are school librarians out there who feel as if they are isolated in their library, teaching classes alone, lamenting over the fact that the lessons would be so much better if only you could collaborate with the classroom teacher to make the learning more authentic. If you are one of these librarians,…

STEAM Institute at the Boston Museum of Science

My teaching friend, Becky Granatini, and I had the incredible good fortune of attending a three day STEAM Institute (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) offered by Jeff Mehigan, Leslie Kennedy, and Magdalena Rabidou of the Museum of Science in Boston. Becky and I applied for the Institute because we were interested in learning how to…