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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┬áTaylor 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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I’m Moving to Schoology from Google Sites

Our school district just adopted Schoology as our official learning management system. When I first heard this news I thought, “I’m so set with how I use Google sites and drive and docs to manage my courses that I don’t … Continue reading

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Marinating myself in the work of Donald Graves

For some reason, I escaped my PhD program without studying the work of Donald Graves. Well, it makes sense. I’m focused on secondary literacy and his work was largely with elementary writers. And my dissertation focused on teaching literature, not … 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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#NCTE14 Saturday reflections, with artifacts, inspiration, and gratitude

Whereas yesterday left me feeling somewhat inadequate, today left me feeling inspired. That is the roller coaster of great professional development if you ask me. The day started at 7am with a run with Liz–my former high school student from … Continue reading

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Come See Us at NCTE!

We’re looking forward to this year’s NCTE convention. Hard to believe it’s only two weeks away. I’ve never been to D.C., so I’m pretty psyched. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 4:15-5:30pm:

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Gratitude, despite all that is “wrong” in education today

I just read yet another piece about the ills of the teaching profession right now: A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher. I don’t think what is depicted in that piece is necessarily inaccurate, but it is yet … 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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