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An argument against testing from a New York City language arts teacher…

From a NY City Language Arts teacher: Better yet, we should abandon altogether the multiple-choice tests, which are in vogue not because they are an effective tool for judging teachers or students but because they are an efficient means of … Continue reading

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There’s more to a book’s “reading level” than the Huffington Post Suggests

Says the Huffington Post in a recent article: American High School Students Are Reading Books At 5th-Grade-Appropriate Levels: Report This is a terribly inflammatory piece. It summarizes a recent report done by Renaissance Learning (brokers of Accelerated Reader) regarding the … 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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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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Continuing the conversation from our NCTE session

Our session was great. We had an inspiring conversation with the teachers who attended. They explored the tensions that surround our work with literature using the kind of honesty that we were definitely hoping for. We started out with introductions … Continue reading

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