December 5, 2014. Let’s get started.

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Every night, across the country and in most places around the world, adults ask children what they learned that day in school. I ask my children this question, just as my parents asked me when I was growing up.

Last week, my six year old answered my question with one of her own: “Mommy, what did you learn today in school?”

Her question was sweet, not sassy: I am an English teacher, a curriculum director, and a graduate student at Teacher’s College. So why did it leave me at a loss for words?

I fear it’s because I have grown accustomed to thinking about school as a place where students learn rather than what it really is: a space — real, imagined or virtual — of learning.

Not a day goes by that I don’t learn something worth sharing — about young people, about literature, about education, about culture, about technology, about adults, about families — and this blog is the binder for those lessons.




Jessica is a doctoral candidate, education consultant, writer and editor. She is the founder of bookclique, a collaborative of English teachers and students working to promote book culture, and a co-founder of Well-Schooled, the site for educator storytelling, dedicated to sharing first-person educator stories. All Rights Reserved - What I Learned Today in School.


  • Lindsey says:

    I love what you are doing here. Thank you for the reminder that school is – or should be – a space of learning in the broadest sense. I look forward to following your stories. xox

  • Rhoda flaxman says:

    What a great new venture. Who knows? It might inspire me to start a blog, too!