Category Archives: Teaching

Blended Learning: 2 Week Reflection

After reading Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools this summer for professional development, I decided to expand on 1.5 years of experimentation in my English classroom with edtech and Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and take a more structured approach to … Continue reading

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New Resource: Visual Quotes

I’ve added a new feature to my Resources page: Visual Quotes. Here are the first two Visual Quotes to make the page: Feel free to share these Visual Quotes on social media, print them out and hang them on your … Continue reading

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Notes from the Classroom: NSA/Facebook Non-Fiction Article Discussion

Today I made my first stab at following a recommendation picked up from a recent reread of Mike Schmoker’s excellent 2011 book, “Focus”.  One strategy for getting students engaged in reading (non-fiction in this case), thinking, discussing, and writing about … Continue reading

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On Teaching: Introducing Shakespeare in the Middle Grades

Background: This school year, in the second and third quarters, I’ve been experimenting with introducing Shakespeare to my middle school students. I’ve been slow and gentle in my approach, as it’s far too easy for anyone (let alone a 12-year-old) … Continue reading

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Spelling Bee 2014 (Day 2): More excellence!

More excellence from my students in Day 2 of the grade-level Spelling Bee: First Place + an additional student in the Top 10! Six of my students will be competing next week in the multi-grade Spelling Bee. First Place was … Continue reading

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Spelling Bee 2014 (Day 1): Success!

Very proud to have the First and Second Place winners of today’s grade-level Spelling Bee as my students!  Great job, guys.  And an additional two students in the Top 10 — what a day it’s been!

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