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Unfinished Thoughts- #NCTE16

I logged into the blog to try and capture a few thoughts the other day and realized I have five or six unfinished posts here. Unfinished thoughts. And that’s sort of where I’m at right now- unfinished thoughts. Maybe that’s … Continue reading

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Update on Tuesday Writing Days

Just because I feel the need to be accountable to someone, here’s how my Tuesday writing evenings have been going since I recently declared that I would reserve time once each week to write: 9/4: Made declaration 9/11: Wrote about … Continue reading

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Teacher Summers “Off”

As I write this, the keyboard feels foreign beneath my fingertips. I’m sitting on the patio of the Mesa Lakes Resort Lodge, at nearly 10,000 feet above sea level on the Grand Mesa in western Colorado. I’m watching some clouds … Continue reading

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Breathing Room

Thank you, Mister S, for finally posting something in our blog. School has been out for about a week and a half and I’m sort of, kind of, finally starting to recover. It’s been a funny week and a half. … Continue reading

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Still here…

Greetings. We’re still here. It’s just that time of year. And The Paper Graders had kind of a stressful week at school. I’m holed up today at a cafe. My view through the wall of windows is of the sparkling … Continue reading

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Measuring Away Our Dignity

Last week, Mister S tweeted a link to an interview with Diane Ravitch recently published in Education Leadership. That interview has been turning over in my mind ever since. Mister S and I had the opportunity to see Ravitch speak … Continue reading

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How long does it take to grade 88 persuasive research papers?

31 hours, 48 minutes is how long it took. That’s 31 hours and 48 minutes between a Monday and the following Sunday, 31 hours and 48 minutes outside of my 40-hour work week, taken from my evenings, my weekend, the … Continue reading

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This is how The Paper Graders are getting through finals week

Over-the-top tins of cookies from well-meaning students…   and Extreme Sheep Herding.    

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Research papers rock!

I’ve discovered the iPhone app Songify, which enabled me to make this: Research Papers Rock It’s a big paper, we’ve been working on it for a while, their second rough draft is due tomorrow (final draft by Monday), the semester … Continue reading

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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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