Experimenting with Digital Badges in ELA

I've been tinkering with digital badges for a few years, but this spring marked my first effort to test them in the classroom. I'm still in an exploratory stage, but I wanted to share some initial reflections. What are Digital Badges? In a nutshell, badges are digital ways of recognizing accomplishments or skills. Open badges … Continue reading Experimenting with Digital Badges in ELA

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Guest Speaker Offers a New Perspective on Mental Disability

Last month, three of my classes were treated to a visit by our Student Assistance Counselor, Mr. Jason Grabelsky, a social worker whose role is to offer students support and counseling. Fiction Helps Us Confront Discomfort Though I've taught Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men for nearly ten years, I've never been comfortable with how my students talk about … Continue reading Guest Speaker Offers a New Perspective on Mental Disability

Fun with Infographics: Gearing up for the NCTE Convention

I leave tomorrow for the Annual Convention for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). With the excitement building on Twitter, I came across a post that inspired me to do some digital writing. English educator and author Kylene Beers (@KyleneBeers) created an infographic to announce her presentation schedule for the conference. Inspired by her post, I used … Continue reading Fun with Infographics: Gearing up for the NCTE Convention