Author Archives: Sarah M. Zerwin

Original Thinking and Rambling Thoughts: Book Clubs in AP Lit

In my last post about #DisruptingTexts in AP Lit, I outlined my plan for my students to make their way through some book clubs rather than having the whole class read the same books together for the entire year. We … Continue reading

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Attempting to #DisruptTexts in AP Lit

As I’ve articulated already in this blog, our most important conversation about education right now focuses on equity. I’ve embarked on a bit of a listening tour recently for this topic. I’ve submitted no conference presentation proposals this year, but … Continue reading

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Weekends without school work? Is it actually possible?

Yes! It IS possible to have weekends without school work. We’re several weeks into second semester, and somehow I’ve succeeded in not having to do any school work on the weekends. (Except for reading the books I teach. That I … Continue reading

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Our Most Important Conversation: Equity

This post has been percolating for a while now, ever since I left NCTE in Houston. Until now, all I’ve been able to cobble together so far are a few disconnected notes in my writer’s notebook: I need to sit … Continue reading

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#NCTE18 Write More, Grade Less Presentation Materials

We had a great conversation today with the folks who came to our session. Thank you! Keep doing the great work you’re doing to get your students to write more, relieved of the stress and pressure of an ever-present grade. … Continue reading

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#NCTE18 Saturday: “Do your work.”

Urgency. That’s what today created for me. A strong sense of urgency to change how we are doing things, collectively, for the benefit of every single one of our students. This urgency has been building from the other sessions I’ve … Continue reading

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#NCTE18 Friday: What Surprised Me

“What surprised you?” Kylene Beers said this morning in her session with Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher that If you take nothing else from her talk, take this simple question as an awesome invitation to get students to talk with … Continue reading

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Write More, Grade Less. Come see us at #NCTE18 (M.49)

With Monday off for Veterans’ Day, we’re looking at two more days of teaching before we are Houston-bound! Can’t wait to catch up, NCTE peeps, and to meet new folks too. Join us for this important conversation–bring your ideas so … Continue reading

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Where I Want to Improve my AP Lit Reading/Writing Workshop #WorkshopWorksForAP

I walked away from my first year back to AP Lit this year in many feeling a sense of accomplishment. Students seemed engaged. I loved hanging out with them every day. They learned some things. They worked hard. We laughed … Continue reading

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Writer’s Notebooks in AP Lit #WorkshopWorksForAP

The writer’s notebook is a key piece to a workshop classroom. Whatever you call it–response notebook, reader’s/writer’s notebook–the idea is that it becomes an extension of a student’s brain, the place to work out ideas, reflect, plan, wonder, ponder, keep … Continue reading

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