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#engchat on Monday, May 12: “English Teachers and Families”

On Monday evening, May 12, I hope colleagues near and far will join me for #engchat on Twitter. The topic is “English Teachers and Families.” We will focus on how the lives of families—those of our students as well as … Continue reading

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October 1: Time to Think about Summer Reading?

Welcome to October. Now that school has been in session for a few weeks, while summer is still reasonably fresh in memory, maybe it’s time to consider whether or not our approaches to summer reading accomplished what we hoped. Numerous … Continue reading

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To All New English Department Chairs

To All New English Department Chairs, First of all, thank you for taking on such an important, demanding job. You will make decisions that impact the literacy of every student in your school. You are the buffer between the teachers … Continue reading

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Grace and THE HUNGER GAMES

Our daughter Grace is in fourth grade and a strong reader. She made it through all of the Harry Potter books and always has two or three different titles going at the same time. Last week she wanted to read … 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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Mark Twain Is Right, Again!

Maybe no one will mind if Mark Twain leads off this blog post: “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Simply suppose you were a member of Congress. And … Continue reading

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