Tag Archives: reading

Our Book Graffiti Wall

As a big believer in the power of choice in nurturing young independent readers, I’m always looking for interesting ways to activate and motivate students in that direction. Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild (Jossey-Bass, 2014) gave me quite a … Continue reading

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Review: UNLEASHING THE POSITIVE POWER OF DIFFERENCES: POLARITY THINKING IN OUR SCHOOLS by Jane A. G. Kise

Some of the most frustrating experiences for educators result from pendulum swings—those predictable actions and reactions that come from programming launched in response to the weaknesses of a previous program that was itself developed to address the weaknesses of what … Continue reading

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“If I Had a Lexile”

I recently heard my friend Shawn McCusker say an iPad is like a hammer–a good tool, if your problem is a nail. Use the tool correctly, and we can build some good things. Misuse or overuse it, and problems arise. … 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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5 Good Ideas for High Schools to Adapt from Elementary Schools

Always on the lookout for ways to help high schools run more smoothly and effectively, I keep noticing that many good ideas for improving high school programs and policies look a lot like the way elementary schools operate. I wonder … Continue reading

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It’s Picture Book Monday (in High School)

I’m 55 years old, and I like picture books. When I check out a stack of picture books from our terrific local library, my favorite circulation clerk shakes her head and says, “Gary. We really need to do something about … Continue reading

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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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What Students Read When They Can Read Anything

Back in December, I posted a list of books students in my classes were reading. Now, four months later, my students are still reading, and I’ve added two new classes of readers to the mix. Today I made a list … Continue reading

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Review: BRAIN ON FIRE: MY MONTH OF MADNESS by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire is New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan’s gripping memoir about her horrific experience with a rare brain inflammation. The attack first manifested itself behaviorally—hallucinations, impulsive actions, anxiety—so Cahalan’s case was misunderstood and misdiagnosed as mental illness. After … Continue reading

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Stephen King: An Appreciation

When I was in high school I did not read books assigned for class. I only read books about vampires. Although I have few memories of specific titles, I probably read whatever was available in the horror section at Walt’s … Continue reading

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