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The Last Children’s Literature Book I Read

"The classics." I get this definition the most when first asking students to define children's literature. We all have that one book. THE story. Often we share this passion in a multi-generational gestalt. /That's the essence of children's literature. Each of us gets to define what counts as "literature" in the children's book genre, and…
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Annotating the Web: An Open Codebook for Tags

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] cc licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by Johan Nilsson[/caption] Last night David Quinn joined me for a hybrid Twitter chat and hack session. Basically we were building off of the web show featuring Julie Coiro  to explore using open annotation tools. [<a href="//storify.com/jgmac1106/questiontheweb" target="_blank">View the story "#QuestionTheWeb" on Storify</a>] While the…
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#walkmyworld Learning Event Reflection

We asked everyone to examine the "walks" they share and what it meant to name. Then we explored how naming influenced identity. Molly Shields challenged us back. She felt our prompts suggested a separation of the text and world. So Molly threw three prompts at us: Shouldn’t we say, rather, that texts actually make up…
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Next Event in the #Walkmyworld Journey

[caption width="500" align="aligncenter"]flickr photo shared by 謝一麟 Chiā,It-lîn under a Creative Commons ( BY-NC-ND ) license[/caption] Once again our friends from across the globe amaze us. In fact new poets, learners and readers join #walkmyworld every day. To this end we will no longer publish weekly challenges but will shift the focus to learning events.…
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#walkmyworld Update: Welcome to Week Four

I just scrolled through the #walkmyworld feed. You have shared hundreds (264 to be exact) of tweets from across the globe. Tweets about "#walkmyworld" Leanne, Ian, Sue, Kristy, and I are so excited that so many people have decided to get involved in project to examine poetry, multimodality, response and authorship. The craziest part of…
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Exploring Bias in The Common Core

I have often wondered if the Common Core State Standards have a dead white guy bias. It seems that advocates of the common core continuously try to reinforce the idea that reading the classics is the solution to all educational issues. This applies to both nonfiction and fiction In fact when Michael Petrilli, executive vice…
Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning 1

Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning

It saddens me when I walk into classrooms and see prewriting taught using some perfunctory graphic organizer that every student must complete. We send the message that creating new ideas requires a formulaic approach. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prewriting, like writing in general, has as many methods as their are writers. Instead…
No Victoria There isn’t a Close Reading Rubric 1

No Victoria There isn’t a Close Reading Rubric

I have gotten more than a few offers from districts to develop Close Reading rubrics. I refuse. Close reading is a strategy that allows us to interpret a text based on a specific purpose. It is a method and not an outcome. Therefore I believe (my opinion alone) those trying to sell close reading rubrics…
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Collaborative Case Studies

Last night during the combined #engchat and #sschat some folks were asking m about how I use collaborative case studies to improve argumentative writing. Since my original post was deleted I thought I would try to recreate it. First I am a huge fan of collaborative writing to support argumentative writing. Not because it is…
Ten Technology and Poetry Ideas 0

Ten Technology and Poetry Ideas

As a sixth grade teacher I pushed the boundaries of technology integration. You know the type of teacher. They come in early and sign out the computer labs months in advance, they spend hours on building teachers websites, and they integrate digital texts into the literacy curriculum. The first two units I taught that focused…