Lois Bridges

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Independent vs. accountable: What’s in a word?

Lois Bridges September 20th, 2013

Every school year spawns a new list of educational fads and jargon. This year I’ve heard a new term: accountable reading.  I’m accountable for delivering my...

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The Funds of Knowledge: An ethnographic approach to family engagement

Lois Bridges September 3rd, 2013

The Funds of Knowledge, drawn from the seminal work of language researcher Luis Moll, sound like what they are: substantial, essential, hopeful. And I think of...

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Rethinking the 'five finger rule'

Lois Bridges August 6th, 2013

I bet most of the educators out there have heard this pearl of teaching wisdom before: Don’t smile before Christmas. Yes, we’ve all heard it, and thankfully we...

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The Having of Grand Conversations

Lois Bridges July 29th, 2013

“I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time and arguments.” So declares Oscar Wilde in The Happy Prince and Other Tales—but yesteryear’s teachers...

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