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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 […]

Around the Loom I Go! A Knitting Yarn

December 9, 2018

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My pursuit of warm scarves in colors of my choice leads me to take up a hobby–that brings me back around to the topic of my research for the past 4 years: mindfulness! Click on this LINK to read a journal about my 1st year of knitting on a loom. As often happens with subjects […]

Saying “NO!” to Dehumanization With Face-to-Face Conversation

November 3, 2018

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Lately, I have been feeling a vague angst over the way that tech giants have taken over education in ways that harm students and society. A question has lurked in the shadows of my consciousness. What can I, a classroom teacher, do in the face of this Grendel? How can I slay this monster? I […]

Mindfulness & the Self-Care Toolbox

October 20, 2018

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

When Helping Students Helps the Teacher: Mindfulness for Teachers

October 8, 2018

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Hello, friends. In my last post, I interviewed a friend and colleague from the Eastern Michigan Writing Project Teacher Research group, Kris Gedeon. In today’s post, I’d like to introduce you to another colleague from the group: Beth Shaum. Beth has used mindfulness practices in the classroom, but also, she has found that mindfulness practices […]