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Hey, Kids! Your Twitter Is Showing!

Although I use Twitter every day for a steady stream of information, articles, advice, and positive communication, I see many students using Twitter as a form of instant messaging system, constantly sharing impulses, ideas, and complaints, usually without filtering very … Continue reading

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End of First Quarter: What I’ll Miss and What I Won’t

This is my final year at the school where I’ve worked for the last 27 years. With some regularity, people say to me, “Aren’t you glad you’re leaving?” The answer is not as simple as Yes or No. Yes, I’ll … Continue reading

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Hello, Charles Dickens

Recently I’ve (sort of) wanted to do something about my lifelong avoidance of Charles Dickens. Dickens has always seemed to me one of those writers in the literature-as-torture category, surpassed maybe only by Jane Austen or one of those Bronte … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy with Daily Journals

What do I like best about the daily journals used by my Creative Writing students? Probably the surprises. Each day I write on the board: “Today’s journal topic,” followed by a prompt that comes to me or that I adapt … Continue reading

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Zapping Apathy on #engchat — Monday, September 12

If you’ve participated in #engchat on Twitter, you already know that it’s a lively, fast-paced discussion with English/Language Arts teachers focused on a weekly theme, although sometimes the discussion ranges beyond the announced topic. That’s what happens when creative minds … 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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Last Week on Twitter

This was originally posted on English Companion Ning in October, 2010.  I’m re-posting it here so others can see it as an example of how to convey the value of Twitter as a professional development tool.   Although Twitter is … Continue reading

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Catch More Fish

Interacting with teachers on various social networking sites is an important part of my daily professional development. My professional life is improved by the insights, support, and resources I gain from colleagues on Twitter, English Companion Ning, Facebook, as well as … Continue reading

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Don’t Fall in Love (with Tech Sites)

Using Web 2.0 tools has changed the way I work, the way I think about teaching and learning, and how I approach professional development as both a consumer and purveyor. Education works better when technology is used appropriately. More teachers … Continue reading

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