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Winding Oak's Bookology Magazine

Teach it Forward

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Creating a Curriculum and Culture of Kindness in the Classroom

by Maurna Rome “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” ― R.J. Palacio, Wonder Wouldn’t our classrooms be grand if students were given opportunities to learn about and experience what being kind looks like, sounds like and feels like on a daily basis? Wouldn’t life be grand if we could all simply choose […]

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The Book That Saved My Students and Me

by Maurna Rome A rough start to a new school year can be unsettling for rookie teachers. It can produce feelings of self-doubt and immense stress.  Inexperienced educators may question everything from the quality of their undergrad teacher training to whether or not education was a wise career choice. The lack of preparation for managing […]

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Creating a Classroom Community with 31 Letters

by Maurna Rome Long gone are the days of “Don’t do this or that or the other thing” lists of classroom rules. At least I hope they are long gone… The influence of “responsive classroom,” greater awareness of the power of being positive and much research on effective classroom management have ushered in a new […]

Meeting Caldecott award winning author, Dan Santat at the ILA Convention.

Summer School

by Maurna Rome The bumper sticker reads: “Three reasons to be a teacher; June, July and August.” This may be true for some, but it was never my mantra, at least until this summer. This summer I decided to participate in summer school and what a good decision that was! My class of “summer kids” […]

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Ready for the World with Powerful Literacy Practices

by Maurna Rome I believe whole-heartedly in the importance of reading aloud daily to my students. On days I fail to meet this goal, I go home feeling like I’ve let the kids down. I recall the frenzy of Valentine’s Day with the excitement of school-wide bingo, special class projects and more than enough candy—but […]

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Graphic Novels: A source of inspiration and mentor texts

by Maurna Rome Flashback to the first week of school … we were passing the microphone around our large circle of 29 third-graders. It was easy to see that many students were shy and nervous, but one young man was apparently looking for some shock value. He began with “My name is Michael” then nonchalantly […]

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Book Talk, Book Shop & Book Swap

by Maurna Rome As my students pass through our classroom door, the morning buzz begins. The kids are already reminding me… “It’s Friday, Mrs. Rome!” We all know what that means. It’s Friday Fun Day! It’s time for “Book Talk, Book Shop, and Book Swap.”  The kids in Room 132 do not seem to care […]