Building Community Through Empathy...

Oct 3, 2012 by

A couple of months ago I wrote about an anchor experience I had at the post office during the summer Olympics. Yesterday I had another interesting post office encounter. I was waiting in line to mail a letter, along with seven other people. A young man approached the counter and explained that, just minutes before, he had purchased a money order for $625 to pay his rent. He had walked next door to Rite Aid, and somewhere along the way he lost the money order. He had come back to see what he could do about it. This is a small post office, so all seven customers overheard the conversation. The group of strangers was transformed into an instant, albeit temporary, community. An older woman behind me said, “Oh, no.” Almost everyone gave some...

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The Olympics and Anchor Texts

Aug 5, 2012 by

I have taken an unplanned writing sabbatical this summer.  Well, not actually a writing sabbatical—just a blogging one.  I have spent a good portion of my summer writing materials for upcoming seminars, which has left no time to add content to my blog or website.  I am hoping to change that in the upcoming weeks because I miss this type of writing and because I have had so many learning experiences in the past few months that are worth writing about and sharing! So let me begin by sharing a recent experience.  I spent two weeks in July presenting conferences for 3rd-5th grade teachers.  I led sessions on a variety of literacy topics.  In several sessions for both writing and reading, I shared about the importance of using anchor texts and anchor experiences as...

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