Category Archives: reflections

#NCTE15 Day Two Blog Post: 16 Pages of Notes

I took 16 pages of notes today. Four sessions. Four awesome sessions. But first, a bit of a flashback to yesterday: So Jay and I have attended this conference together for four years in a row, bringing various colleagues with … Continue reading

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I come to NCTE for the moments (#NCTE15 blog post for day one)

(inspired by Taylor Mali’s poem, “I Teach for the Fire”)   It seems only fitting to reflect on day one of NCTE with poetry inspired by Taylor Mali. I come to NCTE for the moments.   For sitting down on the … Continue reading

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Here We Go School Year 2015-2016!

It’s school year 2015-2016 eve. We have the 9th graders in the building tomorrow for orientation. Then everyone on Friday. I’m ready. Well, I’m not actually ready in terms of lesson plans sketched out in detail and copies made and … Continue reading

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Student Feedback: How my students said my class helped them as readers

I’ve been putting off this post, even at one point thought I could just not write it. But I must–this is the weak link in my classroom. I have umpteen ideas and plans about how to help my students become … Continue reading

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Student Feedback: How my students said digital tools helped them in my class

I wrote earlier this week to reflect on what my student end-of-year survey data suggested about how what we did with writing helped them as writers. And I’ll write later about how things went in terms of reading. This post … Continue reading

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Student Feedback: How my students said my class helped them as writers

July. And I’m working. Who was it that said teachers take summers off? I’m perusing the data I collected at the end of the school year regarding my students’ feedback about my class. It’s great information. I think I finally … Continue reading

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Marinating myself in the work of Donald Graves

For some reason, I escaped my PhD program without studying the work of Donald Graves. Well, it makes sense. I’m focused on secondary literacy and his work was largely with elementary writers. And my dissertation focused on teaching literature, not … Continue reading

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One Week Later: What’s Resonating after #NCTE14

One week ago I left National Harbor–free shuttle to a metro station where I took the yellow line to L’Enfant Plaza in DC. From there, a short walk to the Holiday Inn, where I dropped off my things and headed … Continue reading

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#NCTE14 Outbound

The Airport Reflection New in my bag is: A copy of Ralph Fletcher’s Breathing In, Breathing Out A copy of Wilhelm, Smith and Appleman’s UnCommon Core A copy of the videos for Best Practice by Zimmelman et al. A copy each of The Clockwork … Continue reading

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Why NCTE? (with rock video)

Apparently there is a video storytelling project going on at NCTE this year. We will throw down on that because… well, because video! So stay tuned. The two ideas suggested as topics were untold stories from teaching, or ‘why do … Continue reading

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