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My Summer of Sci-Fi

I continued my tradition of sticking to a genre during the summer between semesters. As I traversed the halls of high school I hung comfortably with historical fiction. Last year I focused on the summer of zombies. This year I broke from the brain hungry to focus more on the brainy. Science Fiction. I never…
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Festering Ideas in Draft Form

The best writing festers. A small idea takes hold somewhere in my world and begins to gnaw at my time. Then the scheme and design of my  thinking spreads into my  other daily needs. Normal routine gets enveloped by the desire  to write. As if  good ideas replicate like a virus. Once infected I cannot…
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Learning Event Ten in #walkmyworld

Wow the final learning event in the #WALKMYWORLD project. Ten weeks flew by. Last learning event you collected and curated all of your content, and shared it with us on Twitter. Ian O'Byrne collected all of these shares to a Google Spreadsheet. If you’re not listed on the spreadsheet, feel free to add your links and info…
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Poetry from #walkmyworld

Writers take risks. We hide our dreams and amplify our misgivings in the open; in our words. As a teacher of those who teach writing I want to take the journey that I encourage others to endure. So I share my poetry from #walkmyworld. It is not to simply enough to model the writing process.…
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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.…
Voices in the Cloud 1

Voices in the Cloud

Those that know me know I am fond of saying I love juxtaposing the oldest genres in the world (poetry) with our newest texts. Each year Sue Ringler Pet, Ian O'Byrne, and myself celebrate a poet laurete at NCTE through the use of digital texts and tools. This year Leanne Drapeau, a classroom teacher we…
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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…
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…