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 […]

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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Assessing Independent Reading

December 30, 2018

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In my last post, I discussed what I learned from spending time reading in the ways I ask my students to read for my classes. As I was writing, I began thinking about the ways I assess independent reading, so here’s a follow-up post about assessment. First of all, what am I assessing? I am […]

10 Books, 24 Hours: Winter Break Reading Challenge

December 29, 2018

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Today an article arrives in an email from Troy Hicks. It discusses a report about literacy instruction. It says, The brief stresses the responsibility of schools and educators to allocate more instructional time and resources to well-stocked classroom libraries and to preparing teachers to engage in ef­fective, interactive read-alouds. “Reading time needs to be a […]

Around the Loom I Go! A Knitting Yarn

December 9, 2018

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My pursuit of warm scarves in colors of my choice leads me to take up a hobby–that brings me back around to the topic of my research for the past 4 years: mindfulness! Click on this LINK to read a journal about my 1st year of knitting on a loom. As often happens with subjects […]

Saying “NO!” to Dehumanization With Face-to-Face Conversation

November 3, 2018

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Lately, I have been feeling a vague angst over the way that tech giants have taken over education in ways that harm students and society. A question has lurked in the shadows of my consciousness. What can I, a classroom teacher, do in the face of this Grendel? How can I slay this monster? I […]