In honor of Advocacy Month, the Writers Who Care blog has invited educators to talk about literacy and advocacy by posting a 90-second video on Flipgrid. My students decided to tweak their prompt to reflect on how we use literacy for advocacy. Here is the video response from my classroom. From Of Mice and Men to Advocacy After … Continue reading Using Literacy for Advocacy
The search for an assignment that makes second-semester seniors want to read more is like the hunt for a unicorn—a noble quest that's likely to fail. But this year, my students and I captured the unicorn with a project that invited them to research the benefits of reading and share their findings with a global … Continue reading Students’ Writing Goes Viral
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
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
Now that all my students have a school-issued Surface tablet, I let them choose how they want to take notes. When we were reviewing literary terms last week, I instructed students to take notes and snapped a picture of this tableau: A student taking digital notes with the stylus and touch screen (using the highlighter tool to emphasize key words) A student … Continue reading Print vs. Digital: Students Choose How to Write
They hurtled into the room, grabbing the thickest, most neglected books from my shelf—titles like The Reader’s Encyclopedia of Shakespeare and The American Tradition in Literature—rushing them into the hallway, returning for more, until they’d built a wobbly skyscraper of books. What kind of assignment could spark such enthusiasm? When educators talk about authentic writing, … Continue reading Authentic Writing: Turning Heads and Saving Necks
Welcome to my website. I started this site to share my recent publications and presentations, to expand my Personal Learning Network, and to reflect on my experiences as an English educator, researcher, and lifelong learner. Be sure to follow the blog to receive email notifications for new posts. Thank you for visiting!