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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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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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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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Google and Education in the 21st Century

Our school has gone Google.  We have officially been Google for almost one calendar year. I have gone Google, to the extent that I intellectually understand what it means to Go Google:  Google Chrome, Google Site,  Google Drive,  Google Calendar, … 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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Allowing Teenagers to Grow Spiritually

As a high school English teacher I have the opportunity each and every day to interact with an interesting yet complex group of people.  Teenagers are battling identity issues, emotional swings, physical development, and hormonal rushes that often lead to, … Continue reading

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California and Wisconsin High School Students Collaborate

First, thank you to Mrs. Geri Coats for agreeing to collaborate with me on this project.  Thank you, also, to all of the students who participated in this authentic learning experience.  I am proud of all of you, Seymour and … Continue reading

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Travesty NOT History in the Making: Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill

I am disappointed in our state’s politicians.  Yes, the Fab14, those 14 Senate Democrats who have decided to leave the state of Wisconsin to give Wisconsin’s populace time to process the Budget Repair Bill Governor Walker has proposed are skipping … Continue reading

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My Love for School

As I was struggling my way through the 5 and a 1/2 foot snow drift at the end of my driveway this morning, I could not help but be thankful to the county union workers who were out doing their … Continue reading

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“This Is What Democracy Looks Like!”

As I stood near the Assembly Room on the second level of our state’s capital, a voice cried out from the floor of the Rotunda, “Tell me what democracy looks like!”  Thousands of Wisconsinites in a unified, thunderous voice responded, “THIS … Continue reading

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