Are You Teaching in Lonely School?

These comments rolled across my Twitter feed yesterday morning.   Every secondary classroom I’ve visited since the start of the pandemic is in the Lonely School. No faces on the Zoom or Google Meet screens. Few voices besides the teacher’s. Here’s how a couple of ninth graders recently described their experiences: “All my school is very different and separated right now.” “For some reason, I […]

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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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When Theory Breaks Your Heart

I recently spent time in the classroom of a newish Language Arts teacher. He works in a high school school in one of the poorest parts of the city. Every life story of every student is hard to hear. The day I visited, fewer than half his students were present; he says that’s typical. This teacher finished school to earn his teaching credential less than […]

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How to Fake a Student-Centered Classroom

It’s the time of year where preparing for the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference moves into full swing. My co-presenters & I are building on last year’s session on becoming a reflexive practitioner. This year we’re talking about moving from reflexivity into action. For our purposes, reflexivity means looking not only at what happened, but the beliefs, attitudes, and values undergirding what you do, think, say. I […]

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Banish the Expert

I finished my doctorate. (Finally.) I’ve taken about two months to decompress– made a big new perennial garden, broken in a new bicycle– and now I’m easing in to the realm of What’s Next? The plan this summer is to banish the Expert from my life on the interwebz. That Expert being me, of course. Spend enough time working, researching, reading, teaching in academe and […]

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Straddling Multiple Worlds in a MOOC

I’ve done it. I’ve signed up for Connected Courses, mapped my blog to my own domain (and paid the $), downloaded WordPress, and added my blog to the syndicated list. I must be out of my mind. Why, you ask? Here’s the list. I’m writing my dissertation and planning to Be Done this year. The title, Breaking Open the Wor(l)d: New Literacies, the World Wide Web, […]

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