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

January 12, 2018


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


“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


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


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


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.

2017 Reader’s Journal & Invitation

January 17, 2017


I’m joining my colleagues  in education who keep track of their reading, like Beth Shaum, and Kevin English. I don’t think I’ll be able to read 500 books per year, but I do have a rich reading life that shapes my thinking, my behavior, and my professional and personal life. As a Literature teacher, I’m […]

Independent Reading in ELA9

December 11, 2016


I’m excited about the changes to my ELA classes as a result of the district adopting a great new curriculum that empowers student readers and writers. Students are reading books, discussing books, recommending books, asking for recommendations…. It is a beautiful thing to see young people excited about reading! In order to be able to […]