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 […]

Learning & Land Ethic: Leopold Education Project at U-M Dearborn

November 11, 2017

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I met Dr. Gail Luera, Associate Professor of Science Education at UM-Dearborn, at the 2017 Building a Land Ethic Conference in Baraboo, WI, a bi-annual event hosted by the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Realizing we both lived in SE Michigan, we exchanged email addresses and resolved to stay in touch. After the conference I contacted Gail […]

Student Voices: Calm-Now Chloe

October 29, 2017

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Now that I’ve been collecting data on mindfulness in the ELA classroom for a couple of years, I want to begin to bring in some of the voices of my students. (All students whose work appears on my blog have given me permission to share their work, as have their parents.) Today, I introduce you […]

Walking with Aldo at Maple River; A New Climate Change Book for ELA Teachers

October 21, 2017

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Yesterday I attended the Michigan Council of Teachers of English conference in Lansing. After the conference, I drove up to see my sister in Alma, but on my way, I stopped at the Maple River wetland for a short hike and a sit on the wildlife viewing platform. My mind turned to Aldo Leopold, my […]

After the Mindfulness Workshop: Some Resources to Share

August 14, 2017

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I recently gave a workshop on Mindfulness in the Classroom. I’m writing this blog to share resources with the workshop participants–and anyone else who is interested in mindfulness practices. First of all, I want to thank Inside Out Literary Arts Project, especially Suma, Kristine, Alise, and Lia for inviting me to share my work on […]

Weaving Together Writer’s Workshop, Reader’s Workshop, and Land Ethic in ELA9

July 10, 2017

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10 July 2017 I am really excited about the new school year now. I’ve recently returned from Baraboo, Wisconsin, where I attended the second Building A Land Ethic Conference hosted by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, and I’ve been thinking about how to incorporate the idea of Land Ethic in the ELA9 course. Now that I’ve […]

Rip-Roaring-Ready to GO! with Independent Reading

June 21, 2017

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I go to a lot of concerts. I LOVE live music and dancing, especially Cajun and Zydeco dancing. One time, I was seeing Terrance Simien at the Ark in Ann Arbor. I was on the dance floor, and I was getting DOWN, when Terrance turned his attention on me! First he started dancing with me, […]

Artifact Analysis: Daily Lesson Plans

June 19, 2017

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One of the artifacts that has a lot of information in it is the document with my Daily Lesson plans. I make one Google document for each class for each trimester, and I project it on the screen each day, displaying the day’s learning goal, instructions, due dates, and announcements. I haven’t yet, but in […]