Category Archives: literacy

#NCTE15 Day Three (Mostly) in Tweets

Warning: I’m reflecting over my day/working on my day 3 blog post. There will be a few tweets here in the next few minutes. #NCTE15 — Sarah M. Zerwin (@SarahMZerwin) November 22, 2015 (On the way to dinner tonight–in my … Continue reading

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Going Gradeless and Getting Better Writing Conferences!

I had my first more formal writing conferences today with students under my new gradeless regime. (Read about it here, here, and here.) So they all wrote complete rough drafts. I gave them all feedback. I provided rubrics (just a … Continue reading

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Traversing the Chasm between Research and Practice in Education: My response to “Professors, We Need You!”

Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes columnist, recently published “Professors, We Need You!” This piece argued that academics are essentially irrelevant in the biggest debates in our society because they isolate themselves in the ivory tower and cultivate a culture that values nearly … 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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Art. Is. Power.

Day one of #ncte13 and my mind is full, in that way that only happens here surrounded by my people. Thank you everyone who pushed my thinking today. And thank you especially to First Wave’s hip hop art masterpiece at … Continue reading

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Science Suggests Measurable Benefits To Reading Serious Literature: From the NYT Blog

For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov – NYTimes.com. This article from the NYT Blog was sent to me by three different people. So I guess I had to share. It’s interesting science. But what really struck me … Continue reading

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If the book isn’t made of paper and I can’t touch it, does it really exist?

Liz over there at Gone Digital has been ruminating about books recently. In a nostalgic kind of way. And it’s gotten me thinking about a few things regarding books as well. I have begun to read books on my iPad. … Continue reading

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Cultivating Book Love

I’m about two thirds through Penny Kittle’s latest, Book Love. This book helps me to identify the mismatch between what I hope for my students as readers and what is actually unfolding in my classroom. A lot that is good … Continue reading

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More on narrative: What storytelling does to our brains fm The Buffer blog

I guess this follows hot on the heels of my last post on the role of narrative. It was tweeted by one of our favorite thinkers on literacy, Penny Kittle. I’ll let the article speak for itself, but the short … 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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