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#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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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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Looking ahead at #NCTE15

It’s the week before Thanksgiving break, and that must mean that it’s almost time for NCTE. The weather report for Minneapolis shows the daytime temperatures are dropping by about 20 degrees just in time for us to all be there … 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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Adventures on “The Dark Side”

I’m embarking on something new. On a good day I think of it as an adventure, and anthropological exploration. On the bad days… I’m in a program to get my principal’s licensure. It’s what you do if you want to … Continue reading

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The North End

I sat at a table in a great Italian joint this evening with some of my favorite people. I am so lucky that some of my favorite people also happen to be my colleagues at my school. I am so … Continue reading

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Almost Famous, NCTE Style and the Conjunction of Biology and Narrative

Saturday morning of NCTE. What to say? It’s NCTE. Coming to a conference like this is important for a whole bunch of reasons. It creates community both through introducing us to new people and allowing us to spend time with … Continue reading

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Reflections on NCTE 2012, looking back from a dining room table in Iowa

Okay so I didn’t write yet for conference day three. I blame the Las Vegas strip. After the last session we attended Saturday, we headed out to explore the strip. That means that we walked from the MGM Grand all … Continue reading

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Am I an English teacher who has to teach journalism or a journalism teacher who has to teach English?

I recently had the tremendous opportunity to attend the Reynolds Institute for high school journalism, supported by the American Society for News Editors and HSJ.org. This happens every summer at four different locations around the country–I had the good fortune … Continue reading

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Cool PD Thoughts:The Edcamp Model | Ecology of Education

We are on Spring Break this week. And we are enjoying it. However, through the magic of technology (I set this post mid-week), we still bring you thoughts on education. I loved this report an an ASCD12 conference session about … Continue reading

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