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Review: WRITING WITH MENTORS by Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell

In their remarkable new book Writing with Mentors: How to Reach Every Writer in the Room Using Current, Engaging Mentor Texts (Heinemann 2015), Allison Marchetti and Rebekah O’Dell show how they use mentor texts as the foundation for their writing classes … Continue reading

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My Ten Favorite Interview Questions for Hiring English Teachers

After interviewing dozens of candidates for English teaching positions, I developed some approaches and questions for seeing the best in each candidate. I’m mostly interested in figuring out if the candidate is a good person with an educator’s instincts, even … Continue reading

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Some Baseball Books for the 2016 Hot Stove League

In last year’s round-up of baseball books, I said I’d be happy if the Cubs won 85 games, and the season ended up being quite a bit more successful than that with the most exciting season we’ve seen for a … Continue reading

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Review: BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

Don’t you just love how certain books come into your life? I have a friend who is a writer. A few weeks ago she sent me a message asking if I’d read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. I responded with a … Continue reading

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My 2015 Reading

Before getting too far into 2016, I feel a compulsive need to gather in one place a list of the books I read in 2015. Each book we read changes us a little bit, so this list represents some of … Continue reading

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

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Review: A STEP TOWARD FALLING by Cammie McGovern

I’m glad authors like Cammie McGovern are writing books like A Step Toward Falling. McGovern’s 2015 novel gives us two alternating narrators: Belinda, a young woman with cognitive disabilities nearing the end of her high school years who is reluctant … Continue reading

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From “Oops!” to “Aha!”: A Story of Reflection and Reflexivity

I’ve said this before: We can write our way out of dark places. I know because I’ve done it. But how much of the writing that we assign in school nurtures that kind of ability? If we want to students … Continue reading

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Thirteen More Graphic Novels for Classrooms and Libraries

This set of reviews includes graphic novels for older readers, younger readers, and those somewhere in between. I’m officially against categorizing books by age, but this set has such a wide range that I’m organizing it roughly by age appeal … Continue reading

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Life in the College Writing Center

Although I’m busy doing several different jobs in my un-retirement, one of my favorites is tutoring in a college writing center. Maybe some understanding of my work there can be useful to high school teachers as they seek to fulfill … Continue reading

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