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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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Education: Time is Abundant

The stack of papers on the corner of your desk is getting higher. You contemplate having a ‘work day’, not for students, but for you to put a dent into those essays your 4th hour class wrote last week Monday. … Continue reading

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Expect it? … Model it!

As a father of four children, I find myself in paradoxical situations. I want them to know the ill effects of drinking soda. I crack open a Diet Pepsi, my youngest says, “Dad, why do YOU drink so much soda? … 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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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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Elementary School Recess and Healthy Competition

It’s a beautiful Fall day.  The air is cool, the wind is warm, the sun shines brightly from the southern sky melting into the crystal blue backdrop of the infinity of daylight space.  The only sound heard on the elementary … 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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