Category Archives: making change

#NCTE18 Write More, Grade Less Presentation Materials

We had a great conversation today with the folks who came to our session. Thank you! Keep doing the great work you’re doing to get your students to write more, relieved of the stress and pressure of an ever-present grade. … Continue reading

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#NCTE18 Saturday: “Do your work.”

Urgency. That’s what today created for me. A strong sense of urgency to change how we are doing things, collectively, for the benefit of every single one of our students. This urgency has been building from the other sessions I’ve … Continue reading

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NCTE 2018- The thing that made the problem won’t fix the problem.

Ah NCTE. Apparently I didn’t know how much I needed you. I’m blogging this morning because I went out and had fun last night. Houston, as it turns out, is a pretty good town to run a conference in. So … Continue reading

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#NCTE18 Friday: What Surprised Me

“What surprised you?” Kylene Beers said this morning in her session with Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher that If you take nothing else from her talk, take this simple question as an awesome invitation to get students to talk with … Continue reading

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Where I Want to Improve my AP Lit Reading/Writing Workshop #WorkshopWorksForAP

I walked away from my first year back to AP Lit this year in many feeling a sense of accomplishment. Students seemed engaged. I loved hanging out with them every day. They learned some things. They worked hard. We laughed … Continue reading

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Inviting Students to Read Required Books in AP Lit #WorkshopWorksForAP

To the right is the grade distribution that describes how my students did last fall on the multiple choice exam over their summer reading books. What would you conclude if presented with that set of data from your students: did … Continue reading

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Best kept secret at NCTE17: poetry

Were you aware that for the last very many years, people who love writing poetry have been getting together Saturday night at NCTE to read poetry, workshop poetry, and talk about writing? Going to Fountain of the Muse was the … Continue reading

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Community, Connection, Articulation, Reflection, Creation

We had a group of teachers from another school visit us yesterday (Z gets all the credit for making that happen, I just show up and talk). They spent the day hanging out in our classes, asking questions, sharing ideas. … Continue reading

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On Building Rome in a Day (and changing your pedagogy)

Doc Z and I presented yesterday at the Colorado Language Arts Society conference on getting away from grading, and using feedback to teach/encourage reflective practice in our students. We packed a lot into 75 minutes, and the teachers in our … 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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