Category Archives: teaching

Weekends without school work? Is it actually possible?

Yes! It IS possible to have weekends without school work. We’re several weeks into second semester, and somehow I’ve succeeded in not having to do any school work on the weekends. (Except for reading the books I teach. That I … Continue reading

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Our Most Important Conversation: Equity

This post has been percolating for a while now, ever since I left NCTE in Houston. Until now, all I’ve been able to cobble together so far are a few disconnected notes in my writer’s notebook: I need to sit … Continue reading

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A Workshop Teacher Takes On AP Lit

Whoever says teachers don’t work in the summer has no idea what they’re talking about. I’ve spent most of the last week at my computer in various locations working to wrap my head around my new prep for next year: … Continue reading

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#NCTE16 Day Three: Radical Loving Kindness and Deepened Purpose

  We were lucky this year to be able to do two presentations. Today’s was about surviving teaching. We intended an interactive session where our attendees talked more than we did. We wanted them to have space for conversation about … Continue reading

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Fierce Kindness, Day Two, #NCTE16

I’m writing this while hanging out at Java Monkey in Decatur. Jay is strumming away on the guitar and singing his songs. We’re eating vegan cake, enjoying some wine. We actually ran into a former student of ours who now … Continue reading

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“All the candidates do is bicker and fight and high schoolers in this class are better at talking about things.”

I got to the point last Tuesday while watching election returns that I couldn’t focus anymore on what was unfolding on the US maps the news commentators kept describing, so I wrote a few emails, shopped for some new running … Continue reading

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Step Five: Starting the #StopGrading Conversation with Students

“Is Alfie Kohn right or is his argument total crap?” So went the opening question for the Socratic seminar I planned for the first day of school Friday. Rather than reviewing a syllabus with my seniors, rather than doing any … 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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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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