Category Archives: presenting

#StopGrading Presentation Resources #NCTE16

Hello friends–we now have a bunch of new ones! Thanks for coming to our #StopGrading presentation. We enjoyed talking with you.   Here’s the website full of resources that we shared in our presentation. Please share as widely as you … 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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Trust your students, trust yourself, and #StopGrading.

My colleagues and I did our #StopGrading presentation at our state ELA conference a few weeks ago. Seeing as we’ll be doing the same presentation later this month at NCTE in Atlanta, we distributed notecards to the teachers who came … 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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A blog post about why there haven’t been blog posts

In my head I’ve started many blog posts over the last several weeks. There was this blog post idea: This article claims (based on research) that kids who use computers in school daily have lower test scores. But it doesn’t say … Continue reading

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What parents need to know about my classroom on back-to-school night

I’m writing this post for entirely selfish purposes. Tonight is back-to-school night, and I need to get my head around what I want to say. Things are different in my classroom this year in some pretty significant ways. I’m all … 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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Why NCTE? (with rock video)

Apparently there is a video storytelling project going on at NCTE this year. We will throw down on that because… well, because video! So stay tuned. The two ideas suggested as topics were untold stories from teaching, or ‘why do … 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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