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A Few Thoughts about Professional Development Books

I’m about seventy pages into a new writing project. Although I’m reluctant to say much about it at this point, I hope what I’m working on will eventually be of use and interest to teachers and maybe others who care … Continue reading

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Do Whatever You Want

Before launching this blog six years ago, I wrote posts for a variety of online forums.  From time to time, I re-post them here if they still seem relevant.  This one originally appeared in slightly different form on English Companion. … Continue reading

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Review: IT’S COMPLICATED: THE SOCIAL LIVES OF NETWORKED TEENS by Danah Boyd

The ways teens use social media spawn a lot of myths. Here are a few: • Using social media makes teens vulnerable to bullies and sexual predators. • Many teens are addicted to technology. • The “digital native” generation has … Continue reading

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Getting SCHOOLED with Anne Lutz Fernandez and Catherine Lutz

A lot of people talk about teachers but not many talk to teachers.  Authors Anne Lutz Fernandez and Catherine Lutz set out to address that shortfall in Schooled:  Ordinary, Extraordinary Teaching in an Age of Change (Teachers College Press, 2015).  … Continue reading

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What a Night!: Fremd High School’s #WriteNite

Kudos to Fremd High School for holding its first Write Nite last night as a fund-raiser for their mighty Writers Week program. (Disclaimer: Although I was an organizer for Fremd’s Writers Week for many years, my only involvement in Write … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Lines with Jo Knowles

Nerdy Book Clubbers can celebrate: Jo Knowles has a new book! And it’s really good! Read Between the Lines, Jo’s sixth novel, gives us a son bullied by his father, a girl suddenly ignored by her friends, the embarrassed children … Continue reading

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Hurray for the Performing Arts Teachers!

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve spent time at my kids’ schools enjoying holiday performances and marveling at the quality of artistry displayed by various performing arts groups. As I watched a conductor lead a middle school orchestra through … Continue reading

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What If Students Write for Themselves?

“You can write your way out of dark places. I know because I’ve done it.” My confession emerged yesterday during a class discussion of Virginia Woolf’s “The Death of the Moth,” an essay in which she writes empathetically about a … Continue reading

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“Can We Use I In This?”

A recent writing assignment in my college composition class involved telling about a change experienced or witnessed by each writer. One student told about an interesting situation (too personal to be detailed here), but her language was convoluted and highly … Continue reading

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How TIME Magazine Blew Its Cover

Time magazine’s current cover story is raising some hackles among educators. After reading the article, my impression is that Time magazine goofed pretty badly with this cover. The actual story deals with challenges to teacher tenure laws, mostly in California. … Continue reading

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