Another Blurb in EL Magazine!

I was sifting through the mail earlier this week and was glad to see that my copy of the March 2016 issue of Educational Leadership magazine had arrived. And I was even more pleased when I realized that they published my response to their “Tell Me About…” section! This month’s issue is about life-long learning and their question was “Tell Me How You Help Students Gain Life Skills”. My response.. Read More

Another Great Video from SoulPancake

By now most of us have watched one of the many viral videos featuring Kid President (If not, you’re missing out! Watch one of my favorites here). What you may not know is that those remarkable videos are produced by SoulPancake, co-founded by Rainn Wilson. You know, Dwight from the show The Office. Yes, that guy! Anyhow, SoulPancake is an entertainment company that features topics that are good for the.. Read More

Skip a latte…Help a lot!

Okay friends, it’s back to school time and that means great prices on school supplies.  Let’s help our teacher friends so they can help our youngest friends to have an learning-filled year!  Please share this meme on Facebook, pin it on Pinterest, tweet it on Twitter, and pass it on.  Let’s get school supplies in the hands of students!  And don’t forget to donate!

A Small Addition to Reading Today Magazine

You just never know where a Facebook post will take you.  Case in point: I follow the International Literacy Association (formerly International Reading Association) Facebook page and enjoy the articles and research they highlight in my newsfeed.  It’s a great way to stay connected in a timely fashion.  The other day the page managers posted a question for readers:  What is one word or phrase you would ban?”  It didn’t.. Read More

LitCentric Has Hit an All Time High!

I’ve done the math (yes, even though is site dedicated to literacy we do appreciate numbers around here) and I can’t believe what I’ve come up with!  Seriously, I did the math a few times, then triple checked the results.  I can’t believe my eyes!  Not only has April 2015 been our most popular month ever at, but we have achieved something pretty major.  I compared our traffic.. Read More

Mindset and Today’s Teacher

I came across this post today and instantly connected to it.  This post from Wayfaring Path really resonated with me because it’s about dreaming, believing, and having faith in the learning process, in our students, and in ourselves as educators.  How many of these habits of mind do you possess?  Which habits do you need to work on?  Are there any that your school or district need to adopt in.. Read More

Easy Peasy R2-D2 Costume

No, really.  When I say easy, I mean easy peasy lemon squeezy.  Seriously!                                       We are big Star Wars fans in our house.  I think there’s something about growing up in the 80’s that puts Star Wars in your blood.  So of course we love to buy Star Wars goodies for our.. Read More

J.K. Rowling on Writing

I was recently working with a talented 5th grade teacher who included a video in her writer’s workshop mini lesson.  The video featured an author who shared how and why she always carries her writer’s notebook – to capture dialogue, jot down a character name, recall a funny incident – in the world around her.  The students had such a positive response to the video, and the teacher and I.. Read More

Another Subscriber Milestone Achieved

I’m still amazed that so many people are stopping by and I’m so grateful!  Today we hit another subscriber milestone – 400!  Thank you to everyone who follows LitCentric and thank you to others who stop by to read, learn, and grow.  Have a great day!  

How to Sew a Quilt and Break All the Rules

First, a confession.  I am no quilter.  Yes, I sew.  Yes, I love it.  Yes, I’m good at it.  But these truths don’t necessarily make one a quilter.  In my mind, a true quilter is one who belongs to a guild, creates king-sized masterpieces with hundreds of pieces in grandmother-approved, centuries old patterns.  No, I am not a quilter. But, I do like to make the occasional quilt.  I’m here.. Read More

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