Author Archives: Jay Stott

CLAS 2017- Presentation Materials

Thanks to everyone who came to our session at the Colorado Language Arts Society conference yesterday. We really enjoyed talking about your classes and students with you. I’m linking the slides and the handout below if you wanted to take … Continue reading

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Outbound- #NCTE2016

We live in troubled times. I am troubled. I came to NCTE troubled. I’m guessing you did too. NCTE did not solve the worlds problems. Nor should it. It did, however, ease my sense of trouble some. Not because there … Continue reading

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The Pedagogy of Furniture- #NCTE16

I don’t really want to sound angry- this is a thought, not a rant. How we arrange the furniture matters. It matters in the classroom and it matters at a conference. We found presenting from a raised dais, with chairs … Continue reading

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Unfinished Thoughts- #NCTE16

I logged into the blog to try and capture a few thoughts the other day and realized I have five or six unfinished posts here. Unfinished thoughts. And that’s sort of where I’m at right now- unfinished thoughts. Maybe that’s … Continue reading

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Drafting Presentations Part 1: Addendum

Finished the presentations today. Nothing I saw changed my thoughts from my initial opinion. Which reminded me of a pedagogical principle: if you need to ‘grade’ or assess a piece of work, you need to read every student’s work. If … Continue reading

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Drafting Presentations Part 1: Epiphany

I was sitting in class today, listening to the sixth of seventeen group presentations I will hear in the next three days. They were pretty much bad. Not bad in the inarticulate way, but bad in the ‘we’re going through … Continue reading

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CLAS 2015

Two of us presented at the Colorado Language Arts Society Conference this weekend. We discussed our own struggles in trying to implement a workshop pedagogy in high school classrooms. Here is the intro video we created: And here is a … Continue reading

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Schoology and Online Discussion

As Dr. Z posted a while back, we have been experimenting with Schoology. Overall I have to say I really like it. This week I have been tweaking how I ask kids to respond in the discussion platform. I like … Continue reading

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Seriously Lifetouch?!

I just got my school pictures back in my mailbox at school. Lifetouch does ours, they probably do yours too. Along with the two free 4x6s that each teacher gets every year (they do our school IDs), was the following: … Continue reading

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Are you doing “Workshop?”

I was asked that question back at the beginning of the year. “Are you doing workshop?” The follow up questions usually revolve around something like ‘how will you fit it in?’ or ‘what will you not do?’ These questions reveal … Continue reading

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