Archive for October, 2013

North Texas Student Oral History Challenge

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Youth Advisory Committee has issued a North Texas Student Oral History Challenge to students in grades 5-12.  It’s a way to get our students excited about oral history and President Kennedy’s memory as we all prepare for the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Dallas. Details—including FAQs and the […]


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Holy Bagumba! Book Love….Unsolicited Book Review

Is it possible to fall in love with a book within the first seven pages?  This weekend, I picked up Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses The Illuminated Adventures illustrated by K.G. Campbell. How do you know you have a winner?  For me, the following works: 1.  You think you love the book by page 7 […]

Halloween Safety Tips

It is hard to believe that October 31 is just around the corner! Even if you don’t participate in Halloween activities, make sure to be watchful for all of the little ones that will be out and about on that evening. If you’re driving, pay special attention to the surroundings and don’t get distracted! In […]

The Four Freedoms: FDRs Legacy of Liberty for the… Tickets, Dallas – Eventbrite

The Four Freedoms: FDRs Legacy of Liberty for the United States and World Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist UniversityThursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM CSTDallas, TX via The Four Freedoms: FDRs Legacy of Liberty for the… Tickets, Dallas – Eventbrite.

Good Teaching is Universal

I recently read an article which reinforced my belief that part of being a good leader ( whether it is at a campus or in a business) is being a good teacher.  Good teaching is not telling; it is ensuring understanding.   Good teaching is universal and revolves around the following 16 concepts: 1. It’s not […]

The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom

Throughout the Digital Fluency Academy, we talk a lot about taking risks–failing forward. Risk-taking is a crucial element of the learning process for both students and teachers. Creating a learning environment that encourages risk-taking, and supports all stages of learning should be supported by all stakeholders. I often refer to this acronym, and use this […]

Parish Episcopal School Literary Festival October 22nd

You are invited to the Parish Literary Festival tomorrow (Tuesday, October 22) from 4:00-5:00 at Parish Episcopal School in the main library.  Parish is located at 4101 Sigma Rd., Dallas, TX 75244. The Festival features authors Polly Holyoke and Kay Honeyman.  Polly Holyoke is the Disney Hyperion author of The Neptune Project (2013).  Kay […]

Texas Book Festival Oct 26 – 27, 2013 Austin, TX Free!

Texas Book Festival.     Family fun at the Festival! There’s so much free fun for families at the Festival—stories read by the authors of favorite picture books, DIY craft activities, sing-a-longs, and more. Children’s book authors and programming highlights include R.L. Stine, author of the famed Goosebumps series, with his new book A Midsummer’s […]

Reader’s Notebook…Do real readers use them?

I must admit…I was a big hypocrite for a long time. I sang the praises of using a reader’s notebook with students but never actually used one as a “real” reader in “real” life until a few years ago. Actually…2012 was when I began keeping a reading notebook. I was on vacation, and had finally […]