Tag Archives: reading

Review: LIT UP by David Denby

The premise of David Denby’s Lit Up is that although high school students are reluctant to read works of literature, a talented teacher can help young people find relevance and purpose in challenging texts. With that in mind, Denby attended … 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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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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