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Hmm. I guess I never posted this. Another mistake.
I had wanted to share this column I wrote for Middleweb a few weeks back, about reflecting on where things have gone wrong in my classroom. This is a necessary ballast to stories I often share of where things go right in my classrooms. Reality is messier. Kids are unpredictable. And I don’t always know what to do.
Head to Middleweb to read Mistakes Were Made
Peace (fixing it, slowly),
My latest post at Middleweb is an interview with Steve Zemelman, as we chat about the topic of student civic engagement and civic action in and beyond the classroom. With the student-led marches and with Parkland students emerging as leaders of a gun control movement, this seemed like a good time to focus on Steve’s new book, From Inquiry to Action. Steve and I know each other through our connections with the National Writing Project. His book offers a wealth of ideas for classroom teachers.
Read our discussion over at Middleweb.
Peace (and movement),
My latest post at Middleweb for my Working Draft column is all about digital annotation tools, and how they open up a text to the world for conversation. In particular, I reference the Marginal Syllabus/Educator Innovator’s Writing Our Civic Futures project, which is underway now with its January text.
See you in the margins.
Read Using Crowd Annotation to Close Read the World
Peace (read closely, with others),
I wrote a bit about maps and writing in the classroom over at Middleweb, where I have a regular column about teaching. The piece dovetailed with work being done all November with CLMOOC on mapping in many forms and varieties.
Check out Using Maps & Mapmaking in Your ELA Classroom
I also shared this list of map-making resources:
Peace (map it out),
My latest book review at Middleweb is a look at Disrupting Thinking by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst, who explore ways to counter the shrinking interest in reading by our students.
I’ve written smaller pieces about this book since reading it this summer (and even did some chapter visualizing as I was reading the book as part of our doodle theme in CLMOOC), but here is my “official” review.
Head to Middleweb to read the review of Disrupting Thinking
My latest column over at Middleweb is an interview with Jennifer Casa-Todd, whose new book — Social LEADia — closely examines ways in which technology and social media can help empower young people in the larger world on issues that matter to them. The book has many short profiles of young people doing pretty amazing things, and Casa-Todd helps explain how teachers can help foster those shifts.
Read the piece at Middleweb
Peace (and change),
I wrote about pop culture a bit at Middleweb, with a review of the book Making Curriculum Pop by Ryan Goble and Pam Goble. I found it to be a useful book that explores ways to connect learners to popular culture, with plenty of useable resources.
Read my review at Middleweb
Peace (between pages),
My first column for the year at Middleweb is about a sort of compare/contrast between two different professional development activities I engaged in this past summer.
One was CLMOOC. The other, wasn’t. ‘Nuff said.
Read Two Summer PD Experiences at Middleweb
My latests post over at Middleweb is part of my end-of-school-year reflection. Today is our last day with students, so sharing the Middleweb post here today seems rather appropriate.
Read Five Regrets: Looking Back While Forging Ahead
Peace (don’t regret that),
My latest column at Middleweb is a look at a new book by Troy Hicks and Kristen Hawley Turner, entitled Argument in the Real World: Teaching Adolescents to Read and Write Digital Texts. In the book, Hicks and Turner seek to explore the concept of argument — and its push deeper into classrooms with the Common Core principles — through the lens of digital media being used in the lives of many students.
I posed some questions on my mind to the writers (both of whom I am loosely connected to through the National Writing Project), trying to parse out some ideas on argument in the age of technology and how teachers might tap into the ways kids write outside of school for the teaching of argument. They were generous enough to respond.
Curious? Come read what Hicks and Turner said. And join the conversation in the comments there.
Peace (no argument here),