Tag Archives: 2011

Top Ten Lessons Learned: 2011-2012 Edition

1.  Blogging is the perfect vehicle for leading students to write for an audience that goes far beyond their classroom. 2.  A good strategy to help young writers close the gap between what it says on the page and what … Continue reading

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2011. If it were a … Continue reading

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My Books for 2011

I keep track of the books I read in a Book Notes organizer that I bought from Quality Paperback Book Club back in 1987. I write down the title, author, and date I finish each book. This year was a … Continue reading

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“The New/Newer/Newest Colossus”

 A new lesson worked beautifully today. Don’t you love when that happens? Our American Studies class is beginning to focus on American immigration. We will consider the great wave of immigrants at the turn of the 20th Century as well … Continue reading

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Writers Week: 17 Years of “The Best Week Ever”

Back in 1995, we were mired in another boring in-service session, trying to look like we were fulfilling the mandate of the day. Then somebody—we’re not sure exactly who—wondered aloud about what it would be like to do something that … Continue reading

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