Category Archive: education

Should Educators Be Writers?

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Is it important that teachers who teach writing actually write?

A Mini-Crash-Course on Oral Storytelling

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It’s been several months since I’ve written for Two Writing Teachers. In December my son was born, and I was on maternity leave until a few weeks ago. Then, in March I pushed aside all excuses… Continue reading

How the Finns Create a Sense of Community in Their Schools

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How do we compare a country with a fairly homogeneous population of five and a half million people, with less than 5% of the population in poverty, to the United States? Well, forty years ago, when Finland was overhauling their education system and studying models from other countries, they could have followed our lead and jumped on our No Child Left Behind bandwagon, eventually moving to high-stakes testing and teacher assessment as a means to improve education.

Filling Needs.

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I have this job that I’m incredibly thankful for. It gives me a chance to focus — really focus — on the teaching of writing. Naturally I’m interested in all areas of literacy,… Continue reading

How do you know?

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Often when I’m working with teachers, I get the question: How do you know? This can be in response to a number of things: minilesson ideas, conference teaching points, share sessions, anchor charts,… Continue reading

Teach the Writer

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I wish we could change the world by creating powerful writers forever instead of indifferent writers for school. —Mem Fox I just want to take a deep breath and read those words again.… Continue reading

Where are we running?

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“Race to Nowhere” is a documentary that has been talked about, but has not been widely advertised like “Waiting for Superman” was earlier this year.  From what I’ve heard, “Race to Nowhere” is… Continue reading

An Education Reform Article Worth Reading

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Everywhere I turn these days, I seem to be faced with another article about education reform.  From Time Magazine to The New York Times, it seems everyone is covering education a lot more… Continue reading

There are teaching jobs out there!

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Educators around the country have received pink slips due to budget crises in districts across the country.  That being said, there are jobs in education out there (though you have to be somewhat… Continue reading

Stimulus Scoop

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The Stimulus Package seems to be on every educator’s mind these days.  Want to learn more about how the money is being used and how it’s being allocated (by state and even by… Continue reading

frustration.

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This weekend, during rest time, I heard a few sobs from my youngest daughter’s room.  The sounds were odd, so I went to check on her.  As I approached her door, I heard… Continue reading

Where do they stand?

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I’ve blogged a bit about the upcoming election. Tonight’s final Presidential Debate will most likely focus on the economy (Rightfully so considering the DJII’s 733 point drop, the fact that people are losing… Continue reading

Educational Policy on Poetry Friday

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The Conventions are over. As Americans, we’ve heard a lot of rhetoric and many attacks — on both sides. I feel each of us, as teachers, must inform ourselves about the educational policies… Continue reading