About a month ago, All-Write hosted Cris Tovani. I probably should have blogged about the workshop the next day, but I didn’t. Instead, I’m blogging about it today after I’ve … Continue Reading Cris Tovani Thoughts
I was so honored to chair “Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into Fourth and Fifth Grade Language Arts Classes” at NCTE this year. I learned a tremendous amount about … Continue Reading A Different Kind of Pen Pal
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The past eight days have been exceedingly busy, while also being exceedingly great. First, Ruth was here and we spent a lot of time planning out the final third of … Continue Reading Mentoring Primary Writers
I had envisioned being able to share with you some of the dreams on my freshmen’s lists. However, Monday we had a lock down drill smack in the middle of … Continue Reading Chasing Dreams: Part II
Sylvia Vardell chaired “Poetry Party! Celebrating 2009 NCTE Poetry Award Recipient Lee Bennett Hopkins,” which Ruth blogged a little bit about on Friday. This was by far the most fun … Continue Reading Poetry Party
I rolled into my driveway around 8:30 last night. Andy had given our kids late naps so they could stay up and see me. This may not have been our … Continue Reading Chasing Big Dreams: Part I
Katie Wood Ray, Matt Glover, and Isoke Titilayo Nia hosted a session entitled “Independence in the Primary Writing Workshop,” which Ruth and I attended yesterday morning. Ray, Glover, and Nia … Continue Reading Independence in the Primary Classroom Through Talk, Text, and Motivation
We were fortunate to cross paths into Kevin Hodgson when we were walking through the Convention Center at NCTE this afternoon. He was leading a Tech on-the-Go Presentation about creating … Continue Reading Creating Comics from a Real Life Experience
“Let our testimony be our pen.” – Anonymous African American Male from Chicago I found myself rushing to get my lunch from the Reading Terminal Market so I could eat … Continue Reading Tatum: Using the Pen to Rescue to Power
Today was a good day, but what day at NCTE isn’t? Since we just finished our last session and have dinner plans in a few minutes, you’re getting a list … Continue Reading Swirling Thoughts from NCTE
“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus As a child, I didn’t know much about change. I moved from Brooklyn to New Jersey when I was a baby. I … Continue Reading Change & Personal Narratives
Right now I’m sitting in Stacey’s kitchen, thinking how good it is to be in the same house as my friend. I already know I have a great class. (We’ll see … Continue Reading A Few Random Bits of Life
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Today is the first day of the new trimester. This means two things: I get to teach my own class starting today — English 9A with 26 students. I barely … Continue Reading Today.