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After NECC 2008: What will I DO now?

July 6, 2008


In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.                                     - Author Unknown The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.                                            – Henry Ward Beecher While NECC 2008 is still fresh, I wanted to set personal goals. What actions, as a result of my […]

Social Libraries: What If Students Keep an Online Reading Log?

June 15, 2008


Bookshelf widgets are cool. They always catch my eye. I’ve noticed several people include one in their blog sidebar. I’ve been using LibraryThing for a while, trying to catalogue the books I’ve read. I can catalogue a ton of information about each title: when I purchased it, when I started reading it, when I finished […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spreading 2.0 Love

April 22, 2008


Yesterday I had the pleasure of helping a colleague start a blog with her journalism students. It was a rewarding experience–like planting a seed that I know will soon blossom, shine, and–if I’m lucky–re-seed in nearby soil (I couldn’t resist using a “green” analogy). If you check out the blog, realize she just started working […]

Reading and Writing Poetry

April 10, 2008


These last few weeks of school, we’re tackling an intense poetry unit in my English 11 class. I’ve decided to pen a series of posts, detailing the unit. So, here’s the first in the series.   My goals for the unit center around three key skills: I want students to learn to analyze a poem, […]

Gatsby VoiceThread: Showcase Projects

April 8, 2008


We’ve fixed the private vs. public issue so that everyone can now view my students’ VoiceThread projects. If you missed the previous posts, check out an explanation of the project here and a reflection of the project here. Check out some of the VoiceThreads my students created: their analysis of a particular color in The […]


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