Category Archives: students

Process and Effort, TWaLC March 22, 2018

In our work as teachers with students, or in our work as instructional/literacy coaches with teachers it is imperative that we apply, practice, and live growth mindset. Continue reading

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The Budget, TWaLC March 8, 2018

In my 22 years as a professional educator I have always worked under the belief that the greatest resources in the classroom are time, students, parents, and teachers. Continue reading

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Teach Until Students Learn

Teach until students learn. Sounds simple, right? Duh. But, in fact, this mission can present many challenges. Maybe those challenges are systemic. Maybe those challenges are in practice. Or, maybe those challenges are personal. Allow me to process this simple … Continue reading

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Empowering Youth Athletes

As many of you know I am an advocate for youth sports. The benefits of participating in team sports throughout our younger and more vulnerable years can be life-changing. Learning to compete is a valuable skill to acquire and apply … Continue reading

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Question-Comment-Connect: QC²

For several years now, teachers of all levels have made close reading a point of emphasis. Teachers, across disciplines, have urged students to circle, underline, and mark up the text. By having students close read texts, students will, theoretically, read … Continue reading

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The Lightning Thief As Difficult As The Odyssey…#Truth

Conducted an interesting experiment in my advance English 9 class recently. We are currently reading The Odyssey, Robert Fagles translation.  When asked after the first eight books of the epic, The most confusing part of The Odyssey so far is … Continue reading

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Literacy Stamina and Social Media

I use social media in assorted formats and diverse purposes.  As a high school ELA teacher, I aspire to immerse students in literacy: lots of opportunities to read and write every day.  As time has passed, there has always been a … Continue reading

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Self-Discovery: Cheryl Strayed’s Most Compelling Message in WILD

I have been using Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail in my Outdoor and Survival Literature class.  I’m not completely convinced of the aesthetic value, but it’s message(s) is noble, engaging, and worthwhile. … Continue reading

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Embracing Complex Texts: 2nd Draft Reading

With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the research validating the need for children to read, read more, and read again, I have  been doing some teacher soul-searching in recent years.  I am in the midst of … Continue reading

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Embracing Complex Texts: Supporting First Reads

Often, in the midst of blogging,  there’s a voice inside my head, a writer’s voice I suppose,  haunting me, “For Blog’s sake John, get to the flippin’ point!  Folks want to learn in 140 characters or less…stop getting lost in … Continue reading

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