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Hurray for the Performing Arts Teachers!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent time at my kids’ schools enjoying holiday performances and marveling at the quality of artistry displayed by various performing arts groups. As I watched a conductor lead a middle school orchestra through … Continue reading

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Fired Up, Ready to Go … to #NCTE12

At this time tomorrow, I’ll be “wheels up” and on the way to Las Vegas for the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. (If you’re already in Las Vegas, save some fun for me!) What am I excited … Continue reading

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Writers Week XVIII and Community

Although it might be too soon to validly reflect on Writers Week XVIII, our school’s just-concluded annual celebration of writing, I should try to see through the exhilaration and exhaustion for some insights into why this week means so much to … Continue reading

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Five Years in Madrid, Iowa

In my last semester of college, back in 1980, I requested a student-teaching assignment several hours away from campus, nearer my home in central Iowa. I was directed to Madrid High School in Madrid (pronounced MAD-rid), Iowa. I was designated … Continue reading

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Today’s PLC Meeting: What Have We Learned?

This all needs to be prefaced by saying I have nothing but respect and admiration for the three colleagues in my Professional Learning Community. Although it’s an arranged marriage—in other words, we are assigned to be together—I couldn’t ask for … Continue reading

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Top Ten Lessons Learned: 2010-2011 Edition

Top Ten Lessons Learned This Year: Students learn best when they have choice over their reading and writing experiences. Many in education seem to value consistency over learning.  I try to ignore and avoid those folks, but they’re becoming harder … Continue reading

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Lilacs and TwitterArt

My favorite online experience this week was a collaboration with Mary Ann Reilly, an artist, author, and educator I’ve never met in person, although we have exchanged ideas in various Twitter-based chats and dialogues. It started on Wednesday night about … Continue reading

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