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Response to the @cshirky  ban on screentime 0

Response to the @cshirky ban on screentime

Clay Shirky, a public intellectual we often cite first when discussing new media just published a piece on Medium describing why he has instituted a ban on screen time during his class. Shirky supports a well articulated position by citing much of the research into multi-tasking. I do not challenge this work. I know multitasking…
Why I Teach Literature Classes 2

Why I Teach Literature Classes

Why do stories endure? I begin each section of my Children's Literature and Literacy classes with this question. Yet I never truly knew the answer until now. Literature endures because it heals, it hurts, it happens. This past week my  nephew succumbed to a horrible disease called leukodystrophy. As family and friends gathered the question…
My Summer of Sci-Fi 0

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…
Take the #Edchat #BurpeesforBobby Challenge 0

Take the #Edchat #BurpeesforBobby Challenge

Hey #edchat can you share a reflection on this year’s first day? To celebrate the first week of school, and to highlight the power of being a public educator I am issuing a series of challenges in the online spaces where I make, play and learn. All of these challenges revolve around supporting my brother,…
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GearUp-EdReform that Works

Since 1984 we in the field of education have focused on standards. We have declared we are "A Nation at Risk." We needed new standards, more accountability. Our schools are failing and our scores on International Assessments fall well below other countries. No where is it mentioned that when we control for the affects of…
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9th LRA Research to Practice Show: Critical Race Theory

This month I had the pleasure to host the 9th Research to Practice show. We discussed Critical Race Theory with some of the leading scholars in the field. This was followed up by the #literacies chat on CRT Critical Race Theory I had a few takeaways from the conversations. First narratives matters. Race influences every…
Soaring Higher #GearupNH Summer Academy 0

Soaring Higher #GearupNH Summer Academy

I am a proud member of the Gear Up Family. For those who do not know GEAR Up is a federally funded grant program, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. SCSU is part of a state grant along with sites in Waterbury and East Hartford. We work with students from 7th grade until…
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Free Pics from Getty Images..Sort of

As an educational blogger I struggle on the hunt for great images. I made a commitment this year to try and use creative commons images or remix other images. Much of my artwork comes from flckr or from artists on deviantart.com that enable downloads. I will then edit these images using pixlr editor in Chrome.…
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#Walkmyworld Learning Event 8

Welcome to Learning event eight. Hard to believe but after eight weeks we have shared over 1,700 tweets, with 1,400 being original content. Over 12o people have shared more than five tweets. We have a community of writers, poets, and thinkers. It is time to continue to push our walks into poetry. Learning Event 8…