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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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Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs

Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs. Tom Whitby, in the above post, makes a great case for Twitter for educators. The only beef I have with his position is that I am not as sure as he is that educators were … Continue reading

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NCTE: Drowning in Cool

Some thoughts at about the 24 hour mark at this years National Council of Teachers of English conference. Here’s the short version, if you are pressed for time. -Wow it’s cool. -There’s so much cool I feel like I’m drowning … Continue reading

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Critical Mass presentation slides (NCTE 2012 E.45)

Critical Mass: A Department Works to Effect Change in Writing Instruction (click on the link above to see the slides)  

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Papergraders Summer Summit Starts Today!

So here we are at the Papergraders Summer Summit. We are appropriately caffeinated and wifi is running. Let the brilliant thinking begin! More to Come…

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for the love of learning: Teachers eat their young

We are all a little bogged down with the end of the year here. But just because we aren’t always writing doesn’t mean we aren’t reading. Here’s Joe Bower, on how we treat our new teachers so poorly. He’s right … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new PaperGrader!

We thought, from the start, that if this blog idea worked out, we would invite other teachers to join us in this discussion. Then, this one guy kept hanging around our office. We even put up a sign in an … Continue reading

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Dorky literary allusion to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations as a vehicle for discussing my role as an educator

The educational bureaucracy wants simple, easy-to-read data, but students are human beings with complex intellectual and emotional needs. Can I serve both the system and my students? Try cramming a square peg into a round hole. Now imagine that the … Continue reading

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NCTE reflection- Only as far as the airport!

Sitting at O’Hare waiting for the flight. As we said two days ago, I am sure it will take months to process the last few days. It was fun to make some new friends, see some old friends, and just … Continue reading

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This is NOT 21st Century Collaboration!

We are working on a new structure for a presentation we are preparing (NCTE– in two weeks!) We had a pretty dynamic conversation the other day, in which we worked out a whole new way of framing the issues we … Continue reading

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