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Just Keep Going: Writing Strategies for Elaboration

In one of my first class sessions with a group of college writers, I gave a survey asking what issues they wanted us to definitely cover this semester. The most common concern was how to add length to their pieces … Continue reading

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The Journal Topics

Today members of our Expository Composition class wrote their final journal entries and handed in their well-worn spiral notebooks. I’m so proud of how many words and pages they wrote, and the profound wisdom and entertaining writing found in those … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing from the Inside Out

It took me a long time before I could say, “I am a writer.” I now proudly claim that Writer mantle because I spend a fair amount of time stringing together words, trying to say something worthwhile as engagingly as … 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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Ready to Go for the 34th Time

Tomorrow morning I begin my thirty-fourth and final year as a public school teacher. I’m enthusiastic, positive, focused, and ready to go. I’m not tired or burned out. Most days I’m at the top of my game, looking for new … Continue reading

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Review: PROVENCE, 1970: M. F. K. FISHER, JULIA CHILD, JAMES BEARD, AND THE REINVENTION OF AMERICAN TASTE by Luke Barr

Provence, 1970 puts us around the table with M. F. K. Fisher, Julia and Paul Child, James Beard, and other notable foodies from last century. These iconic American chefs and authors were all in southern France during the winter of … Continue reading

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What I Learned in Summer School

I just finished my last session of summer school, ever. (We are not allowed to work in a public school for sixty days after retirement. I retire in June, 2014. After that, it’s unlikely that I would return for summer … Continue reading

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“Does This Need a Title?”: Helping Students Generate Titles

Most English teachers have heard some variation of “Does this need to have a title?” Although it seems like a yes-or-no question, my stock answer is “A title provides an excellent opportunity to set up your readers with some expectations … Continue reading

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Adventures with iPads: Three Questions

After using an iPad for the past month, I can say I like it for my personal use. All of the apps that keep me organized, entertained and enlightened are on there: Notes, Kindle, Pulse, Weather Channel, Twitter, Facebook, etc. … Continue reading

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Now Entering: iPad-Landia

On Friday I received a school-issued iPad, and this opens all kinds of exciting new territory. Our district is rolling out iPads for student use in a big way. We are the largest high school district in Illinois, so this … Continue reading

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