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Reflections on NCTE 2012, looking back from a dining room table in Iowa

Okay so I didn’t write yet for conference day three. I blame the Las Vegas strip. After the last session we attended Saturday, we headed out to explore the strip. That means that we walked from the MGM Grand all … Continue reading

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Adventures in Parent/Teacher Conferences, Part 1 (of 3 we hope)

I’m tired. Parent/Teacher conferences do that to me. It seems like it takes a few days to recover. And my recovery days this time around were an all-day field trip the next day, an evening conference the day after that, … Continue reading

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More than a Number: Why Class Size Matters

For a while now, the good folks at NCTE have been fighting the good fight on class size for language arts teachers. This link goes to their policy statement on class size: More than a Number: Why Class Size Matters. … Continue reading

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Am I an English teacher who has to teach journalism or a journalism teacher who has to teach English?

I recently had the tremendous opportunity to attend the Reynolds Institute for high school journalism, supported by the American Society for News Editors and HSJ.org. This happens every summer at four different locations around the country–I had the good fortune … Continue reading

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Thoughts on how technology can(not) help with the grading load

Here’s a thoughtful piece on grading from Bud Hunt: You Should Probably Just Grade Less | Bud the Teacher. Now that I’ve had some space from the hectic pace of the school year, I’m ready to re-think my approaches to … Continue reading

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The thought of automated essay grading has always made me cringe…

Another thoughtful tidbit from Bud the teacher: What Automated Essay Grading Says To Children | Bud the Teacher.  

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Without Systemic Change, we Grade

Okay, Mister S. Finally I am responding to your response to my response to your post in response to my initial post about grading. Yep it appears we have started a blog war here. My apologies first and foremost for taking … Continue reading

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Blog throwdown! “Grading” and other offensive words. Bonus tuba solo.

Okay Z, it’s on! The post I was referring to, The Evolution of Grading, was, in fact, mostly about responding to student work. Readers who click the link will find that you have edited the language in the first line. … Continue reading

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But I am grading

Okay Mister S, you called me out in that post you just wrote. I quote:  (although she really needs to change her terminology, because that post is about responding to students with effective feedback, not grading). Yes, I have spent … Continue reading

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Evolution of Grading

One thing I’ve learned about grading responding to my students’ writing is that there’s just no way to do it quickly. (Note about the crossed out word up there–Mister S said after he read this in rough draft form that … Continue reading

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