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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?

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 […]

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 […]

Mindfulness & the Self-Care Toolbox

October 20, 2018

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We're doing this so we can calm down and learn better.

PD for White Teachers: A Conversation on Confronting Racism

August 22, 2018

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I just finished listening to a conversation with Teaching While White team members, Elizabeth Denevi and Jenna Chandler-Ward, and author, Robin D’Angelo, of White Fragility. When D’Angelo is asked by teachers what to do about racism, she says her new response is, “What about your life has allowed you to be a full-functioning, professional, educated […]

Please Watch: Documenting Hate from Frontline

August 12, 2018

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Our classrooms must be living models of our nation's motto, e pluribus unum, "out of many, ONE," for all our students.