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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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Open the Door

  “Good morning.” “Hello.” “Thanks.” “You’re welcome.” “Have some fun today.” Those are usually the first words I hear or say at school each day. These exchanges set the tone pretty well for what will follow when the bells start … Continue reading

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That Was Fun! — Zapping Apathy at #NCTE11

Thanks to everyone who attended our presentations at NCTE this weekend. If you’re looking for the handouts, scroll down any time! Tony Romano and I were happy to see our friends Jodi Douglas Moeller and Douglas Jameson from Hazelwood West … Continue reading

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“Why Read?”

After our in-class reading time today, my English II class had a few spare minutes. I wrote on the board “Why Read?” and asked this group of sophomores, “Why do we read books? What good does it do?” Hands shot … Continue reading

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Let’s Have Some Fun

Tomorrow I begin my 32nd year of teaching. I wish I had a crystal ball to see what the school year will hold—the high and low points, the most challenging and most memorable students, the ways that my teaching and … 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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Zapping Apathy with Wordle

Here is a fun, easy way to use Wordle toward the end of discussing a novel, short story, poem, or play.  Today I presented my students with this question:  “What is The Joy Luck Club Really About?”  They wrote a … Continue reading

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Today’s Secret Word

Today in class we had a secret word. We are almost finished with our study of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. I’ve tried to process each story differently—sometimes through whole-class discussion, sometimes with reflective writing, sometimes in small groups, … Continue reading

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The Good Start: Twelve Targets for New Teachers

My first year of teaching was twenty-nine years ago, so when one of our newly hired colleagues emailed last spring requesting advice and ideas for starting the school year, I appreciated the opportunity to provide her with a few thoughts … Continue reading

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