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After the Mindfulness Workshop: Some Resources to Share

August 14, 2017

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I recently gave a workshop on Mindfulness in the Classroom. I’m writing this blog to share resources with the workshop participants–and anyone else who is interested in mindfulness practices. First of all, I want to thank Inside Out Literary Arts Project, especially Suma, Kristine, Alise, and Lia for inviting me to share my work on […]

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 […]

Rip-Roaring-Ready to GO! with Independent Reading

June 21, 2017

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I go to a lot of concerts. I LOVE live music and dancing, especially Cajun and Zydeco dancing. One time, I was seeing Terrance Simien at the Ark in Ann Arbor. I was on the dance floor, and I was getting DOWN, when Terrance turned his attention on me! First he started dancing with me, […]

Artifact Analysis: Daily Lesson Plans

June 19, 2017

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One of the artifacts that has a lot of information in it is the document with my Daily Lesson plans. I make one Google document for each class for each trimester, and I project it on the screen each day, displaying the day’s learning goal, instructions, due dates, and announcements. I haven’t yet, but in […]

Photo Essay: Artifact Analysis

June 17, 2017

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Artifact analysis is a big part of teacher research. As I was working on analyzing artifacts, I remembered that when I started doing teacher research, I wasn’t really sure what the term “artifact” meant. Since this series is in part a demonstration of the research process for teachers who are new to T-R, I thought […]

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 […]