Category Archives: stories

The “Crisis” of American Education

Please read and widely circulate:¬†Flunking the Test ¬†|¬†American Journalism Review.. This takes on the U.S. media and how it has reported the “crisis” in education. It makes the point that by some valid measures, education in the US has never … Continue reading

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Why I Teach Literature

I fight against the danger of the single story. We must read many stories that challenge other stories’ views of our world.

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Sarah Kay is a ‘thing made of awesome’

This is the reason TED is good. And the reason poetry is good. And the reason teaching is good. And the reason….oh never mind. Watch the damn video. I dare you not to be moved. Told ya. More about Sarah … Continue reading

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Why I am an English Teacher- A Story

At our session at NCTE, Dr. Z and I took a little bit of our time to tell the story of how each of us came to be the teachers we are today. In lieu of retelling that story, which … Continue reading

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Back to the classroom and reflecting back on #NCTE11

After a whirlwind Thanksgiving break that started out with an inspiring weekend at NCTE in Chicago, I’m back at my desk and back in the swing of another busy week teaching high school language arts. And I’m exhausted. It’s like … Continue reading

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