Tag Archives: Reading

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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Students Create Instagram of Hamlet – #MaximumShakespeare

The New York Times sponsored a Hamlet Instagram contest (a 15 second video using lines from Hamlet) this fall.  An ELA colleague of mine at Seymour Community High School had her College Credit seniors enter the contest.  Authentic, 21st Century, … Continue reading

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Eye Opening, Complex Insight on Middle East Conflict

The book club at Seymour Community High School, of which I am a member, read The Attack written by Yasmina Khadra for our March 2012 Book of the Month.  Recently we had the opportunity to discuss this compelling story of … Continue reading

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Reading and Writing Strategies that Work!

When I began teaching in the mid 1990’s, I remember trying to survive, one period at a time, one day at a time, one week at a time.   During my first full year of teaching, the arrival of Halloween … Continue reading

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Weintraub Invokes Compelling Discussion

The book club I am involved in at Seymour Community High School had its inaugural meeting.  Our book of the month for January 2012 was When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead by Jerry Weintraub.  An engaging autobiography of … Continue reading

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Hunting, Fishing, and Faith: Increasing Reading Rate by Independent Reading

For the first time in my 16 year tenure of teaching high school English, our department is trying something new to encourage students to read more.  We are requiring our ‘advanced’ classes at every grade level to read, independently, a … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing: A Revealing Reflection

When I finally accepted the reality of self-publishing my first non-fiction memoir, Beyond the Scoreboard: Examining Teamwork, Tension, and Triumph in High School Athletics, I never realized how much of a learning experience this journey would ignite.  While there have … Continue reading

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The Canon of High School Literature

There have been many arguments throughout the decades regarding how the canon of literature is comprised at the high school level.  What books should be included in this collection?  What authors should be included in this collection?  Furthermore, what books … Continue reading

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Beyond the Scoreboard…Published by Mill City Press

Mill City Press, a self-publishing company out of Minneapolis, MN, is publishing my first book, Beyond the Scoreboard: Examining Teamwork, Tension, and Triumph in High School Athletics.  I am excited about this opportunity and Mill City Press has been nothing … Continue reading

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Teacher Reflection:Strategies, Environment, and Homework

I have been reading three different books simultaneously.  Maybe it’s my attempt to relive my college experience for a few weeks.  In fact, I am now even writing about what I am reading.  I should be headed out to a … Continue reading

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