Mentoring is Key

Most long term teachers are successful and satisfied in the profession because of the generosity and support of those who came before. We think back with sadness that for want of a capable, compassionate mentor, too many eager and talented novices drop out before they had gained the confidence and…

Formative Assessment

How do students use results of your assessments? "Informative assessment isn’t an end it itself, but the beginning of better instruction" Carol Ann Tomlinson Teachers can increase student learning by helping students understand ways to use results of formative assessments.  Include in your instruction time for students to discuss what they…

Engaging Starts

Introducing New Units of Study We know that getting off to a good start makes all the difference in the world.  Why not consider some of these ideas for kicking off your next unit of study or the next book you plan to teach.  With careful planning, gathering resources, and…

Presentations for NCTE and CEL 2014

NCTE and CEL 2014 were Inspiring! [caption id="" align="alignright" width="150"] from ncte.org/annual[/caption] Thanks for joining me  in Washington, DC area , November 19-25 for the 2014  National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention at the Gaylord National Harbor in Oxin Hill, MD. Story As the Landscape of Knowing ANDERSON BOOKS had my…

Exploring Genres of Fiction #2

#2 - Historical Fiction Teaching or assigning historical fiction can be a rewarding experience for teacher and students.  I’ve found it a great way to collaborate with colleagues on cross-content or interdisciplinary assignments.  Students have found it a wonderful way to learn about specific historical periods, people and events within the comfort…

Focus the Frenzy

More than HALLOWEEN Learning about and celebrating the cultures of others is a wonderful reason to write. And,  October is a great time to start. For many, October  is time for Harvest Festivals, an ancient celebration revived in many church and community groups as an alternative to Halloween; or All…

Exploring Genres of Fiction #1

#1 - What's a Mystery Novel? First of all, there has to be a detective who is set apart from everybody else (including the reader) for eccentric habits/appearance (or by contrast total blandness), exceptional intelligence, the practice of making obscure statements instead of just revealing deductions and revelations as they…
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