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A Few Baseball Books: Spring Training Edition

With the 2014 baseball season rapidly approaching, I’m a little behind on posting my annual assortment of baseball books. Here are four picture books, one middle-grade novel, and six nonfiction works that baseball fans might enjoy. A couple of these reviews … Continue reading

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Notes on a Murder Trial: October 9-11, 2001

In early October, 2001, with the country still stinging from the terrorist attacks of a month before, I was called for jury duty in Cook County, Illinois. Chicagoans and suburbanites know that being called for Cook County jury duty means … Continue reading

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When Students Cheat (And When They Don’t)

Academic cheating is not my favorite topic to think, talk, or write about. Too negative. But when cheating surfaces in our schools and classrooms, we’re better off if we know how to approach it and respond. This blog post was jump-started … Continue reading

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Anybody Else Excited about NCTE11 in Chicago?

The 2011 NCTE annual convention is now just around the corner. I can’t wait. This will be my fourth convention, and nothing has ever come close to energizing my teaching as the experiences I’ve had at these gatherings. This year … Continue reading

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Playing with Chicago’s Public Art

This week our family saw an exhibition about public art in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago focusing on important works of art enjoyed daily by thousands of Chicagoans and visitors to the city. In the Loop you can find … 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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Today’s CASE Conference: What Does It Mean to Be an American?

A day at a conference is always a nice change of pace and scenery. Today’s Council for American Studies Education Conference at the Chicago History Museum was a terrific learning experience that gave me a much needed late winter battery … Continue reading

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