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First Year Writing Teacher Support: Reserve Time for Revision

Hang in there, new teacher, you’re almost to the finish line. By this point in the school year, you’ve definitely had your students write a thing or two.  So you now know that getting students to write perfectly polished drafts is a lot harder than meets the eye.  I know when I first started teaching, […]

Where Dystopian Fiction Meets Water Journalism

One way to help students become climate stewards is to model how reading paired climate texts enhances our ability to both problem-spot and problem-solve.  In our haste to offer solutions, we may insufficiently consider the root causes of environmental problems.  While reading Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s novel Dry, my students and I pore over local […]

Need a break? Splash around in the contextual pool.

I’m writing this post during my SAT proctoring break and I’m exhausted.  I just read mind-numbing directions for almost an hour, then checked calculators, then more directions, then watched kids bubble. I’m beat. And I didn’t even take the test! Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I’m pretty sure that by Friday […]