Category Archives: presenting

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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Procedural Display and Fake Reading: My Story of Coming to Teaching Literature

I am the fake reader. I was a master of procedural display in high school. And one key version of this is fake reading. Procedural display is student behavior that looks like learning but isn’t actually student learning. Procedural display … Continue reading

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Continuing the conversation from our NCTE session

Our session was great. We had an inspiring conversation with the teachers who attended. They explored the tensions that surround our work with literature using the kind of honesty that we were definitely hoping for. We started out with introductions … Continue reading

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NCTE Thoughts- Day 1 (wifi, what wifi?)

So right out of the gate I have to say this is pretty awesome. As I hoped, all of use reveling in our geekyness feels pretty great. I’m definitely hanging with my tribe at NCTE. It will take weeks to … Continue reading

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NCTE preparations

Mister S and I leave on Thursday morning for Chicago to present at NCTE. We’re facilitating a conversation on Sunday morning about teaching literature in the 21st century. It’s essentially an evolution of the presentation we did at the Colorado … Continue reading

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