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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.

Returning To Reading Research

July 26, 2018

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I finally come back round to my reading research. Several months ago, I wrote: This is Part 1 of a Multi-Part Series on Reader’s Workshop in Senior ELA12. Future posts will narrate our journey through the unit, highlights and insights from the journey, and include explanations of how I model The Reading Life for my […]

Planting Peace Through Mindfulness Practices

July 12, 2018

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Teacher Research: Mindfulness Artifact Survey July 2018 Today I’m going to take the first pass at artifact analysis. I’ll examine the collection of items before me, in physical form in a crate with hanging files, and in a number of open tabs in my web browser at the top of the screen, and I’ll think […]

Responding To A Frequently-Asked Question About Teen Behavior

April 28, 2018

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I address a negative stereotype about teen behavior in this blog. As a teacher at a public high school, I often get asked in casual conversation, “Are high school students really getting worse and worse as time goes by, like I hear in the media?” The people who ask use a certain tone in their […]

Reader’s Workshop in Senior ELA : A Journey of Discovery

January 12, 2018

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Part 1 of a Series on Independent Reading in Senior ELA Hooray! Unit 2 of Senior ELA is Reader’s Workshop. For me, this is exciting. For many of my students, this is unbelievable; this is unthinkable; this is outrageous. My seniors are not, for the most part, independent readers. I’m not exactly sure when they […]

Walking with Aldo at Maple River; A New Climate Change Book for ELA Teachers

October 21, 2017

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Yesterday I attended the Michigan Council of Teachers of English conference in Lansing. After the conference, I drove up to see my sister in Alma, but on my way, I stopped at the Maple River wetland for a short hike and a sit on the wildlife viewing platform. My mind turned to Aldo Leopold, my […]

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 […]