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I Got A Round Tu-it!

June 19, 2019

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I am enjoying having the time to get to a lot of projects that would get done, “when I get around to it,” and that time has come! Along with gardening and other yard work, I’ve been getting around to making my drum station more user-friendly. I’m delighted with the way a few nails and […]

say good-bye, ms. eddy

June 10, 2019

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10 June 2019 Tomorrow’s the day when my students will take their final final exams and my colleagues will finish their grading, then clean and organize their classrooms for summer break. It’s the end of the school year! Woohoo! For me, though, it’s a different kind of ending. It’s the end of my 25th year […]

Making Musical History

April 16, 2019

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March 16, 2019 was a very special day for me. In fact, a historic day. It was on that day that I played a concert that was over a decade in the making. How so? I’ve been playing music with Nick Ford (former Drama student, class of 1997) for around 15 years. Likewise, Anthony Emery […]

After the MI Reading Association Conference Workshop 3/9/2019

March 10, 2019

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Yesterday I presented on “Mindfulness and the Self-Care Toolbox” at the MI Reading Association conference in Grand Rapids, MI. Even though my room was a 7-minute walk from Registration, a lovely group of participants made the trek. Teachers know that they and their students are stressed and need strategies for self-care. As usual, I had […]

Gaining Ground: Reader Engagement

March 3, 2019

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In my last post about teaching ELA12 readers, I wrote, “I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.” I am seeing some success!  After two weeks of seeing only a handful of students complete the Signpost assignment […]

Talking Circles For Assessment, Instruction, & Motivation in ELA12

February 16, 2019

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I hope that the urge for the social connection that is so strong in teens will inspire them join the circle of people talking about books.

Celebrating Curiosity, Inviting Inquiry

January 23, 2019

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What happens when I have the courage to invite my students to question every claim, even mine, and never stop asking, "What evidence supports this claim?"