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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 […]

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 […]

Throwback Talking Circle

January 16, 2017

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In 1998, my eleventh grade American Literature class discussed the literature of the Transcendentalists, Emerson and Thoreau, and the connections they made between the authors' thinking and their own.

Making Room for Music in the ELA Classroom (Part 3)

January 9, 2016

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I remember the day his Cadillac rolled into the driveway and my son, Cale, excitedly helped carry Dave’s drums into the house on Frank Street. That day, a blues band was born: Big Bang Theory, with Jim Cottrell on guitar, Joe Aranda on bass, Dave on drums, and me on vocals.

Roots and Blossoms: Independent Study in Writing, 1997-2009

October 11, 2015

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Because the high school where I teach doesn’t offer any writing courses, for a number of years, whenever a student writer asked me about it or expressed interest in taking a writing class, I would offer to do an Independent Study with him or her–for free–during my planning period. Like most teachers do daily, I […]

A Brief History of My Teacher Research: 1994-2015

September 22, 2015

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I am a teacher researcher. What that means is that each year, I formulate a research question and go about observing, making field notes, reading the research, interviewing people, analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and going public with my work in my classroom, in my school district, in my community, and/or in my professional community. Over […]

The Archive: A Museum, A Library, A Lighthouse

September 8, 2015

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The Archive is a collection of boxes, crates, and bookcases in my basement that house the artifacts of my career in education, from my first classes at Kellogg Community College to the essays and reflections from my most recent classes of Freshman, Junior, and Senior ELA students. While all teachers have collections of artifacts from […]