Category Archives: things made of awesome

Hope Among Escalators, Elevators, and Revolving Doors, #NCTE16

Escalators were the theme of the day for us. We took the bus from Boulder to the Denver airport and took a very long escalator up from the bus depot to the terminal. A bus driver had told Tracy that … Continue reading

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#NCTE16: Stop Grading. Survive Teaching. Rock out with Jay.

  We have two more days in our classrooms before we board a jet plane and head east to Atlanta for NCTE16! We’re thrilled to be traveling and presenting with a few of our colleagues this year, and we’re looking … Continue reading

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I don’t want to talk to parents about grades at parent/teacher conferences #StopGrading

You know the drill. Parent sits down for a conference at parent/teacher conferences. You pull up your grade records for the student. You walk the parent through the grade data, pointing out what the student is doing well and what … Continue reading

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My workshop manifesto for the next school year #UNHLit16

As I reflect back over the last three days at #UNHLit16, my mind wants to throw down a manifesto regarding things I’ll focus on to improve my reading/writing workshop classroom for the next school year. (In case you’re keeping track, … Continue reading

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My core beliefs as a teacher #UNHLit16

Why are you choosing to do what you’re choosing to do? What are your core beliefs as a teacher? @pennykittle @KellyGtoGo That’s something I would have tweeted had I been tweeting during our time today with Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher … Continue reading

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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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#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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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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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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