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Introducing Reading and Discussion to Start Off the Year

As English teachers, we cannot void the fact that many of our students, especially on the first few days of school, will not take to kindly to the prospect of reading and writing. 267 more words

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Big Questions, Big Ideas, and a Helpful Skinny Book

Knowing what to teach can be tricky. Really.

Given the seeming endless lists of outcomes, objectives, core ideas, etc. teachers face each day, that might sound odd. 695 more words

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Using story cubes

I bought these story cubes a few months ago, and I’ve tried them out a few times this term. They are basically dice with pictures on… 737 more words

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Show Me a Story

I love stories. I love hearing good stories and I love telling stories. I can still remember my unbounded delight when my elementary classmates enjoyed hearing installments of my magical sagas. 247 more words

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Measuring the sappiness of NBC’s Olympics coverage.

“Here’s how it works. As we’ve done for Olympics past, we drew up a list of 36 syrupy words that NBC has chronically overused: adversity, battle, cancer, challenge, courage, cry, dad, daughter, death, dedication, determination, dream, emotion, father, glory, golden, heart, hero, inspire, journey, magic, memory, mom, mother, overcome, parent, passion, patriotic, proud, pride, sacrifice, son, spirit, tears, tragedy, triumph. 272 more words

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I'm Back!

I’m back! Not so much like a movie meme, but more like a hiker slogging in after a long trek through the wilderness. Yes, it has been that kind of spring/summer. 452 more words

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