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Self-Care & Self-Improvement

July 2, 2018

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Thanks for reading. Thanks for subscribing. With Gratitude, ~ lisa

Responding To A Frequently-Asked Question About Teen Behavior

April 28, 2018

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I address a negative stereotype about teen behavior in this blog. As a teacher at a public high school, I often get asked in casual conversation, “Are high school students really getting worse and worse as time goes by, like I hear in the media?” The people who ask use a certain tone in their […]

Reader’s Workshop in Senior ELA : A Journey of Discovery

January 12, 2018

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Part 1 of a Series on Independent Reading in Senior ELA Hooray! Unit 2 of Senior ELA is Reader’s Workshop. For me, this is exciting. For many of my students, this is unbelievable; this is unthinkable; this is outrageous. My seniors are not, for the most part, independent readers. I’m not exactly sure when they […]

Artifact Analysis: Finished Book Lists 2017

June 16, 2017

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“What happens when I make Independent Reading a high priority in my classroom?” Now that I’ve considered the numbers of books my students have read, I’m wondering about what kinds of books they read. I get a second copy of the finished book lists and get out the highlighters. I brainstorm categories to look for […]

What’s here? What am noticing?

June 15, 2017

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Research Memo 3: “What happens when I make Independent Reading a high priority in my classroom?” I copy my three Daily Lesson documents, one for each trimester of ELA9, into one document and begin to brainstorm concepts and themes I’m interested in excavating for and wondering how I might locate data on those topics. This […]

Growing Readers–Through READING!

June 12, 2017

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June 12 2017 A Teacher Researcher Reflects on Year 1 with the MAISA Unit: Independent Reading This year was my first year with the MAISA curriculum. In fact, it was the district’s first year with ANY ELA curriculum; I have taught 23 years in a district where every ELA teacher could teach anything, in any […]

Book Review of The Mindful Teen by Dzung X. Vo, MD

January 31, 2017

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Mindfulness practices help my students cultivate self-awareness, self-compassion, & self-control, which in turn help them be more successful academically and socially, so that we may truly be a caring circle of friends.