Tag Archives: reading

Top Ten Summer Reads for #APLit Students

Advanced Placement Literature students and their teachers know that next May they will address a prompt that asks test-takers to discuss a literary work and how it relates to the prompt. The prompt will be accompanied by a list of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

My 2014 Reading

I probably should have gotten around to posting this sooner, but here is the list of books I finished in 2014. Other people’s lists interest me, so maybe someone will find something of interest here.  2014 was kind of a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Eleven Quick Book Reviews

Here are some of my recent book reviews. All of these originally appeared in other places, in some cases in slightly different form. I hope at least one of the books in this post appeals to you! Jerry Lee Lewis: … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 21 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments