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Kittle Writing Beside Us

June 9, 2008


Eighty-two pages into Penny Kittle’s Write Beside Them, I’m smitten. This book will join the ranks of my go-to books, alongside Daniels and Steineke’s Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles and Barry Gilmore’s Speaking Volumes. Imagine my excitement when Penny Kittle herself agreed to enter our book club discussion. Wow. Having the author “write beside” us can only enrich […]

Twilight Series: For Pleasure & For Pedagogy

June 9, 2008


I’ve gone on a fiction reading binge while lounging on the beach this past week. There’s no better way to re-energize after a taxing school year than to sit in a beach chair beside the ocean, inhale the salty air, soak in the not-yet-too-hot sun, massage the feet in the sand, and escape via literary pages. […]

Dragging My School Into the 21st Century

May 28, 2008


Yesterday was our last day of school. It ended in a whirlwind, and now, my thoughts turn–not toward some rest and recharge time as they should–but toward my loooong list of To Do’s. My R & R is coming Friday when I head to Florida to spend a week at the beach. I have many […]

Gen Y: They Will Change the World

May 20, 2008


I read a great article this week from Read Write Web by Sarah Perez, who claims “Gen Y is taking over.”  She states:              As the Boomers fade into retirement and Gen Y takes root in the workplace, we’re              going to see some big changes ahead, not just at work, but on the web as a whole. Though […]

Yet Another Blog with a Summer Assignment

May 16, 2008


Sadly, the demands of the end of the school year have prevented me from blogging at JustRead. However, I’m pleased to announce yet another blog I’ve just launched: Pearls & Onions, my new class blog. I’ve created and posted the summer assignment for my incoming AP English Language students. I’ve coached the pre-AP teacher, having […]

Tagged: What a Way to Discover Other Bloggers!

May 7, 2008


Dana Huff tagged me for a meme, a new concept for me. My immediate response was akin to getting a chain letter–not a good response to say the least–but, the more I explored the chain of links in the meme (from Dana to Clix to Richie to Edna) the more cool blogs and fellow teachers I discovered. I’m […]

Come Read with Us!

May 1, 2008


Dana Huff  has invited educators to join her in reading Write Beside Them. In the spirit of forging a collaboration, I’ve created a wiki to unite all of us who want to join Dana in reading and discussing the book. Harvey Daniels, one of my heroes in the world of literature circles, has given the book […]

Teaching Tone: Second in the Poetry Series

April 15, 2008


I confess: I simply haven’t had time to catalogue all the lessons in the poetry unit, so this is not actually the second lesson. It just happens to be today’s lesson. I’ll get back to the others—when I can find time to do them justice.   Created by my student intern, Ashley Dorsey, this lesson’s goal […]


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