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What can I do next?

From time to time, I still hear students ask, “What did I do wrong?” I’m now trying to move them towards the question: “What can I do next?” We’ve created the illusion that there exists a flawless paper that I … Continue reading

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David Coleman, Common Core, and Storytelling

There has been a lot of chatter on the intertubes in the last six months about how the Common Core will or will not cause the removal, reduction or shift of the place of fiction in the Language Arts curriculum. … Continue reading

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Breaking my silence

It’s finals week here at our school. I’m grateful for many reasons–grateful that we’re only days from a two-week break, grateful for the opportunity to start fresh in January with my students (we had a great semester, but it’s always … Continue reading

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Please imagine John Stewart reading the following information, which arrived today in an e-mail from my school district: “The purpose of this process is to explore with self-identified elementary and secondary schools, on a pilot basis, opportunities to expand learning, enrichment … Continue reading

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NBI (Nothing but Initials)

While I’m honored to be a part of TPG, even if I rarely post, I struggle with the wisdom of  expressing my honest opinions on the WWW, but here it goes. I haven’t read the CCSS, and I don’t plan … Continue reading

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(One More) NCTE Thought: the common core « Gone Digital

More reflections on NCTE and the common core from Liz over at Gone Digital: (One More) NCTE Thought: the common core « Gone Digital.

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NCTE Reflections: What we write down IS what we value: why I still don’t like CCSS

Some thoughts after letting Las Vegas percolate for a week or so- assisted by massive helpings of turkey and pumpkin pie. Doc Z threw down her thoughts here the other day. 1) As always, it’s really exciting and energizing to … Continue reading

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NCTE: Drowning in Cool

Some thoughts at about the 24 hour mark at this years National Council of Teachers of English conference. Here’s the short version, if you are pressed for time. -Wow it’s cool. -There’s so much cool I feel like I’m drowning … Continue reading

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NCTE 2012: day 1 reflections

Whoa. Vegas is weird. Just had to get that out there. We arrived this morning, took a taxi from the airport, waited in line to check in at the conference hotel, realized how noisy it is pretty much everywhere here, … Continue reading

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Needed: True-to-Life Classroom Narratives as Counter Narratives

The problem with schools these days… The problem is that everyone is trying to tell his own version of the problem, and depending on who you listen to, the story differs. The problem is poverty, or the problem is inequitable … Continue reading

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