How to Future-focus ELA Teacher Candidates

Big Shifts for Deeper Learning When Scott McLeod, a professor of educational leadership, tweeted a chart of four big shifts future schools will need to make to truly prepare kids for the new future we live in today, I felt a little spark. I’m poking at that spark in this post, to see if there’s something I can use in my work with this year’s […]

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HyperDocs and the Dilemma of “Yes, but…”

My Journey Into HyperDocs I first learned about HyperDocs during the summer of 2020. I don’t always set out to learn about every new digital tool or practice I read about, but HyperDocs was generating enough conversation– especially for something that’s been around since 2013– that I became curious. I heard a range of opinions, from they’re nothing but gussied-up worksheets, to they’re the promise […]

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Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom

On a rainy, chilly Friday afternoon, I attended the ORATE (Oregon Association of Teacher Educators), where I gave an overview of NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) recently published position statement, Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom. The slides from the presentation are below; as of this posting, all the active links are accurate.  

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Where Does News Live?

Her nails are always perfect. She uses clear polish so you don’t always notice them. Until she starts tapping the cell phone sitting on the table between you. Then you notice the perfect shape, the perfect cuticles. Today her perfect index finger jabs at the phone. “I think I am the only person who still reads a real newspaper,” she says. “Now it’s all in […]

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What Are Friends For?

I’m lucky to have friends who inspire me. Creative, brilliant, entrepreneurial– and unafraid to put themselves into the world of education in order to make a difference. To make things better. Sometimes what sparks new thoughts or clarity in my own perspectives is the fact that I see things differently. Sometimes the truest gifts of a friendship are the ways in which we don’t align. […]

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When a Project Gets Sidelined

The room buzzed with voices and movement. Students hovered in small groups around workstations, talking, pointing to the computer screens, gesturing. I had given what I thought was a simple assignment: find images that will bring to life a new layer of meaning in the poem you received at the start of class. It was one of the first classes of the semester in a […]

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