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Snapshots From the NYSEC Conference

My time at the New York State English Council (NYSEC) Conference through snapshots!

Kylene Beers · reading journals · reading-writing connections · writing about reading

Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading

Some weeks ago, when the school year was brand new, I wrote about setting up our Reading Journals for a year of writing about our reading.  Now we are approaching the end of the first marking period, and the truth is that we are just beginning to be ready to write about our reading. I… Continue reading Writing About Reading Begins With Thinking About Reading

Kylene Beers · technology · Web 2.0

del.icio.us is now delicious

Delicious, the social bookmarking website, recently went through a major overhaul, making it even more user-friendly. In case you're unfamiliar with it, you can learn more by clicking here. I've been using Delicious ever since I heard Kylene Beers speak about it several times last summer. At first I thought it would be a good… Continue reading del.icio.us is now delicious

adolescent literacy · Kylene Beers · quote · teacher of writing

What Really Matters: This Post Was Inspired by My Amazing Co-Blogger RUTH!

Last summer I took a course at T.C.'s Reading Institute with Kyleene Beers. She gave us a copy of her book Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise Into Practice. As I read parts of it, a section by Chris Crutcher resonated with me. Crutcher tells of a tough girl whose third grade teacher was the only one… Continue reading What Really Matters: This Post Was Inspired by My Amazing Co-Blogger RUTH!

Kylene Beers · NCTE · technology · Web 2.0 · wlu

21st Century Literacies (NCTE’s Nov. 2007 Council Chronicle)

If you blog, then you know that websites are no longer the sole way to get information out into the world. We're living in a Web 2.0 World. Today we have blogs, wikis, podcasts, and many other tools that allow us to not only communicate, but to collaborate with others around the globe. Ruth and… Continue reading 21st Century Literacies (NCTE’s Nov. 2007 Council Chronicle)