Reaching Out, Giving Hope: Mentoring Across the Generations

August 7, 2015

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A few months ago, I started seeing teachers posting anecdotes online under the title, “Evaluate This!” in response to the current practice of evaluating teachers, even those who don’t teach in tested subjects, on the standardized (English and Math) test scores of students. Teachers and students are so much more than data points, and test […]

Back to the Roots: A Tribute to Cathy Fleischer, PhD.

July 19, 2015

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There is one teacher in my life who has played a tremendous role in my education, for she has been my teacher for over 20 years. When I was an undergrad in English Education at Eastern Michigan University, I had the great good fortune to have been scheduled into an English Methods class taught by […]

This Is Our Story: The Maples of A125

July 19, 2015

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June 2014 It’s 12:35 on my 3rd day of summer break. I’m at school. I’m interviewing students, listening, trying to find out what kind of experiences they’ve had in my classroom, looking back at twenty years of teaching Adrian Maples. I’ve decided to start writing about it–a memoir–in parts–on a blog. I am so happy […]

After the MI Reading Association Conference Workshop 3/9/2019

March 10, 2019

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Yesterday I presented on “Mindfulness and the Self-Care Toolbox” at the MI Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Even though my room was a 7-minute walk from Registration, a lovely group of participants made the trek. Teachers know that they and their students are stressed and need strategies for self-care. As usual, I had […]

Gaining Ground: Reader Engagement

March 3, 2019

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In my last post about teaching ELA12 readers, I wrote, “I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.” I am seeing some success!  After two weeks of seeing only a handful of students complete the Signpost assignment […]

Talking Circles For Assessment, Instruction, & Motivation in ELA12

February 16, 2019

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I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.

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Celebrating Curiosity, Inviting Inquiry

January 23, 2019

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What happens when I have the courage to invite my students to question every claim, even mine, and never stop asking, "What evidence supports this claim?"

Text Set For Argument Basics in ELA9

January 16, 2019

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What can we learn from exploring media about books on a social issue? What argument does the media make about the book? HOW? Are we persuaded to read the book?

Mindful Eating Pt. 3: Six-Months Later

January 12, 2019

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My six-month results are good, and I've done nothing at all drastic, in terms of eating or exercising.

As Your English Teacher, I Declare: A Villanelle

January 9, 2019

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You must read every day, Whatever books you will, There is nothing more to say.   Listen to what I say, though you be well or ill: You must read every day.   Though you wish to respond, “Nay,” You find yourself reading still: There is nothing more to say.   From the path you […]

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