Category Archives: community

Coronavirus, a collage in words

What have I even been doing every day? Today makes a week since we were told to stop going to school. I can remember the week ramping up to the announcement; we were anxious, worried, disinfecting our classrooms every morning, … Continue reading

Posted in AP Lit, balancing, community, kindness, life and death, muddling through, reflections, teaching, teaching literature, teaching reading, teaching writing | 6 Comments

Fear and Loathing in St. Louis (#NCTE17)

I know that sounds terrible, but it was the only good title I could think of. (I’m writing on my phone at the airport, forgive the typos) I had a great time at NCTE. I saw old friends, made new … Continue reading

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Community, Connection, Articulation, Reflection, Creation

We had a group of teachers from another school visit us yesterday (Z gets all the credit for making that happen, I just show up and talk). They spent the day hanging out in our classes, asking questions, sharing ideas. … Continue reading

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Unpacking focused, engaged silence, and how not grading made space for it #StopGrading

A palpable silence descended in room 811. Three classes in a row the silence fell, at the same moment in my plan for that day. It wasn’t a silent reading silence, or a working on a writing task┬ásilence, or a … Continue reading

Posted in #StopGrading, community, feedback, grading, motivating students, not grading, teaching writing, workshop teaching | 8 Comments