Category Archives: cultivating real learning

An Incomplete List–Writing with Students

At NCTE last week, the other Paper Graders and I discussed this blog space and what we want to do with it from here on out. One thing we thought we’d add is some of our own personal writing, the … Continue reading

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“All the candidates do is bicker and fight and high schoolers in this class are better at talking about things.”

I got to the point last Tuesday while watching election returns that I couldn’t focus anymore on what was unfolding on the US maps the news commentators kept describing, so I wrote a few emails, shopped for some new running … 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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My core beliefs as a teacher #UNHLit16

Why are you choosing to do what you’re choosing to do? What are your core beliefs as a teacher? @pennykittle @KellyGtoGo That’s something I would have tweeted had I been tweeting during our time today with Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher … 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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I Guess It Could Be Worse? Happy Saturday.

This video was posted by a teacher friend this week. It’s Japanese (by Takuya Okada, from 2011, judging by the youtube channel), and from a bit of peripheral reading I picked up that it was inspired by conversations in Japan … 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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Going gradeless and ending up at the Common Core

I have a confession to make. I’m one of those teachers who has claimed to know the standards. I’ve claimed to know that I’m covering the standards just fine thank you very much, I don’t need to have them all … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, and hey, education takes people!

A very happy New Year from The Papergraders to the world. We are wishing for the best for education, our culture, the world. Oh wait, that’s redundant. They’re pretty much the same thing. This article from NPR rolled across my … Continue reading

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