Category Archives: cultivating our voice

My Top Takeaways from #NCTE15

I’m sitting in my living room in Colorado, the first day of Thanksgiving break coming to a close. I got home from Minneapolis last evening and opted for checking in my with my family over finishing this blog post (that … Continue reading

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Gratitude, despite all that is “wrong” in education today

I just read yet another piece about the ills of the teaching profession right now: A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher. I don’t think what is depicted in that piece is necessarily inaccurate, but it is yet … Continue reading

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Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs

Again: Relevance, why Twitter? SmartBlogs. Tom Whitby, in the above post, makes a great case for Twitter for educators. The only beef I have with his position is that I am not as sure as he is that educators were … Continue reading

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Making space for teaching and writing, writing and teaching

I had one of those trail runs today. It was a run where my mind got totally lost and I started writing some paragraphs in my head. Didn’t even notice that my dog was straggling waaaaaaaay behind me. See this … Continue reading

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Papergraders Summer Summit Starts Today!

So here we are at the Papergraders Summer Summit. We are appropriately caffeinated and wifi is running. Let the brilliant thinking begin! More to Come…

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Another Teacher’s Voice- VEA – How Did This Happen?

  Another teacher’s voice in the chorus. VEA – How Did This Happen?.   We are recovering from a tough end to the school year. More thinking on its way! Stay tuned.

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Dorky literary allusion to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations as a vehicle for discussing my role as an educator

The educational bureaucracy wants simple, easy-to-read data, but students are human beings with complex intellectual and emotional needs. Can I serve both the system and my students? Try cramming a square peg into a round hole. Now imagine that the … Continue reading

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Hitting the big time!

The piece I wrote on TFA last week has been picked up by Alternet.org.   What Wendy Kopp Got Wrong With Teach For America | Education | AlterNet.   While enjoying my 15 minutes of fame, I can’t help but … Continue reading

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“If you really want to change the system, you need to think like a virus.”

We will be welcoming a new member to the PaperGrader fold in the next few days. More formal introductions will be coming. But today that person said something that really struck us. If you really want to change the system, … Continue reading

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Schools Matter: GUEST POST: Top 10 Things I Wish I Could Say Out Loud

This is a great post from a teacher’s point of view. All these things are truths.   Schools Matter: GUEST POST: Top 10 Things I Wish I Could Say Out Loud.

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