Debbie Diller

Debbie Diller

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My mission is to live simply & creatively, working & playing joyfully, caring for my mind, body, & spirit, sharing wisdom & whimsy, inspiring action, leaving a legacy.

Operating as usual


In 2024, I invite you to join me as I embark on a new journey! Stay tuned for details as I create my first-ever podcast. What would you like me to talk about/ include? I'll use my mission statement (pictured) as a springboard. Please comment below. Your feedback matters!

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 12/13/2023

Scenes from Coldwater, MI and my December visit there. Math and literacy stations were in full swing in grades 2 and 3.

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 03/03/2023

Here are a few photos from the boutique makeover we did today at my friend, Ann Martinelli's shop in Ambler, PA. Primitive Boutique.


What a blast we had today at Primitive Boutique with my friend and owner Ann Martinelli! We did "Spaces and Places" to her new shop. Be sure to stop by at 103 E. Butler Ave. in Ambler, PA. Here's a video of our finished work. Raise your hand if you've ever experienced a classroom makeover with me!

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 01/06/2023

Happy New Year! Thanks to Alva, OK teachers who met with me to refresh their stations and small group this week. I joyfully modeled kindergarten writing as part of the day. Then ended my trip at Lucinda's in Wichita. And, yes, I got the cupcake hat there!

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 07/15/2022

On summer vacation right now. Gearing up for my 50th high school reunion today (which I'm in charge of!). Reminds me of Summer Institute, and it's the same weekend we always had it. Staying at my sister's house and hanging with my best friend from high school.

What fun are you having this summer?


Check it out. A 1- minute tip on teaching high frequency words by me on Tiktok.


Took my best girl to "Sunday Best" at MFAH today. We viewed the Obama Portraits on tour. Beautiful day! Hope you had a lovely weekend.


Yes, I did! Quick tips on teaching and life. Follow me on Tiktok. .


Renewing my spirit on Spring Break this week w my friend, Sage, in Pensacola. Driving to dinner in this tiny car was a blast! What are you doing for Spring Break?

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 03/11/2022

My heart is happy! Full house at IRC today in Springfield, IL. So good to be back at live conferences and meet so many enthusiastic IL educators!


So sad to say goodbye to Christine Schumann McDonald (who was Christine Wilson when we worked together). I will be speaking at her memorial service in New Braunfels, TX tomorrow. Christine passed away peacefully on Feb. 20.

We worked together as literacy coaches in Alief ISD many years ago. She later helped me out when I needed a strong educator to help me as a trainer in my business, starting in Jan. 2012. Christine had a heart of gold, a hearty laugh, and a willing spirit. She embodied the term-- lifelong learner.

If you worked with Christine in Alief, Spring Branch, or through my company, I'd love to hear any stories you might share about her. (If you attended our Summer Institute in Houston, she was in charge of door prizes, too.)

Christine was a champion for children and did whatever she could to help them learn! She will be missed, but her legacy lives on through all the teachers and students whose lives were enriched by her.


Chloe won her 1st art prize today! Won the coloring contest for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Her artwork will be displayed at the rodeo, and she won 4 passes for her family to attend. Can't wait to see her creation!


Pure joy reading aloud to my grandson's kindergarten class this week. I was the "mystery reader" and surprised him (kind of). His teacher gave clues to the class before my visit: "It's not one of your moms or dads. The reader lives in another state." Colton was thrilled when I walked in his room and said, "Nanny, if you weren't the mystery reader, I was going to cry."

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 01/20/2022

You only have one mother, and now she has left this earth. I learned so much from her, especially in her final days. If you have read any of my books, I hope you will read my mom's obituary. It is my final gift to her.

Secrets for Success with Small Groups - Corwin Connect 11/16/2021

Here's a short article I wrote about small group literacy instruction. What's working well for you in small groups?

Secrets for Success with Small Groups - Corwin Connect Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Linkedin As we continue to navigate pandemic teaching, there is a clear need for small group instruction. With so many disruptions over the past two school years, students are reading at a wider variety of levels than we have […]


Reminder. Please register for Wed. Oct. 13 Open/Listening Session with me. Tomorrow night 5 PM Eastern Time. 4 PM Central Time.


Remember that "It's Tough Out There" session I asked you about a few weeks ago? It's happening! Wed. Oct. 13 5 PM Eastern Time. Please sign up here.


Teacher friends, I'm thinking about having a 20 min. open session on "It's Tough Out There Right Now..." Please let me know if this sounds like it might be helpful and stay tuned for more details.

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 09/07/2021

Mailing a "reading kit" to my grandson who just started kindergarten. Sending it to him and his big sister asking her to help him. Can't wait to see their video!


Just arrived this evening! Here's a sneak peek at my new Simply Small Groups: Differentiating Literacy Learning in Any Setting. Thank you, Corwin Literacy!


The beginning of school is such a special time! Love seeing their happy faces on the first day.

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 08/13/2021

So fortunate to be working with teachers in Hampshire Co., WV this week! We brought books we've been reading to share with partners. And we helped each other w classroom setup. We actually mapped and moved 11 classrooms today! Collaboration is key!


Inviting classroom library in upper grades is the focal point of the room. The guys all gravitated towards it! Designing, not decorating, classrooms in Mesa, AZ.

Photos from Debbie Diller's post 07/12/2021

Some highlights from Nanny Camp... their 1st-ever sleeping out in a tent complete w a campfire and smores in my backyard. Countless Candyland games. Visiting the farmers market. Playing in the fairy garden. Catching fireflies. Creating puppet shows. Building with blocks. Playing school in my basement.


Packed my suitcase with surprises for my flight with Chloe and Colton tomorrow. Flying to Houston now to "pick up the children" for tomorrow morning's flight to my house. Nanny Camp... five days of device-free fun!


Teachers at Rodriguez El. in HISD are creating amazing anchor charts with their students... even at the end of the school year! So pleased to be working with them in person!

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Videos (show all)

What a blast we had today at Primitive Boutique with my friend and owner Ann Martinelli! We did "Spaces and Places" to h...
Yes, I did! Quick tips on teaching and life. Follow me on Tiktok. @debbiedilleredu.
Just arrived this evening! Here's a sneak peek at my new Simply Small Groups: Differentiating Literacy Learning in Any S...
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! You deserve this 52 weeks a year!!!
I've Been Thinking... about small group time
Making the most of small groups in Victoria, Texas
Summer Institute
Patti's Room Reflection June
Playroom reveal
classroom setup at  the end of the year






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