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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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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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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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It was summer and now it’s not

You know, there’s absolutely no slow transition back into a school year. It’s the end of August and I’ve already been teaching for a week and a half and back to work for two and a half weeks. About three … 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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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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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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Yes! This is what we need!

A recent ASCD Express confronts issues surrounding teacher burnout. Finally I see someone else arguing that what we need is not more money but certain improvements to our working conditions (like more time built into the day to do the … Continue reading

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As long as we simply endure and permit, no meaningful change will come.

I’ve been involved in an email conversation over the last few days with some colleagues, started by a district administrator who wanted to find out from us how the most effective teachers in the district are managing all the change … Continue reading

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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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