Tag Archives: 2012

Top Ten Lessons Learned: 2012-2013 Edition

For the last two years, I’ve written Top Ten Lessons Learned blog posts at the end of the school year. (You can see them here and here.) This time I’ve struggled with it. It was a rough year, really rough. From … Continue reading

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My Books for 2012

  I read more books this year than ever before:  142.   Thanks to my family, friends, students, and online and on-site colleagues for giving me so many ideas about what to read this year. Of course, my list would be shorter and … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with Presidential Debates

Students experience a presidential campaign only one time during their high school years. Although politics might seem more like the domain of our Social Studies colleagues, campaigns provide plenty to talk about in English/Language Arts classes too. What better way … Continue reading

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Review: DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier

Finally, the drama kids get their own graphic novel! Raina Telgemeier, who captured the orthodontia experience in Smile, now gives us Drama, a graphic novel with an appealing cast of characters; crisp, colorful drawings; and a compelling, entertaining storyline. Callie, … Continue reading

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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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Writers Week XVIII: Let’s Roll

Writers Week XVIII starts at our school in, oh, a little less than ten hours, and I’m thrilled to see a student posting this on Twitter tonight: “Honestly excited for school this week #ww18” That’s what it’s all about: pairing … 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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