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Question of the Day: Recap!

Last November, I wrote about how I used Question of the Day with my masters class (check the link to see the general purpose and directions). It worked so well that I thought I would implement it in my Politics of Reading class this semester. What I want to do in this post is share with …

Twitter, Storify, & My Class

My Politics of Reading course is winding down. Actually, the entire semester is almost over. We spent one of our last classes talking about assessment, testing, and the Common Core State Standards. We’ve actually been talking about these things throughout the semester. I wanted my students to get a larger sense of the issues related to testing …

I’m Not Trying to Assess You

The semester is starting to wind down which means it’s getting time for my students to think about how they want to present their Explore projects. I have the last day of class set aside for them to do presentations, and doing so has always been considered a part of their final grade. However, the …

Success With the Multi-Authored Blog

This semester, I instituted a multi-authored blog in my Politics of Reading course. I’ve written before about how I think blogging can be a powerful teaching tool to use in the classroom. And I’ve also noted that I’ve had a decent amount of experience with it that I felt pretty comfortable in understanding what it took to …

My Teaching Assumptions

Sometimes, we become so entrenched in what we do that we overlook things. Ok…recently I realized that I had become so entrenched in what I do that I had overlooked something in my teaching. But I bet it happens to us all. See, the classes that I teach can vary. There are some that I …

I Forgot the Grades

I really, really, really hate grades. I think what I hate most is when the focus of the students becomes all about the grades. You know – the what do I need to do to get an A in this class stuff. But it’s not really their fault. I can’t blame them or that attitude. If …

Getting Out of the Post-Tenure Slump

I’ve had tenure for awhile now (maybe four years? I dunno. I was too lazy to go look it up). Prior to going up for tenure I worked like a mad, rabid dog for a solid five years. What this means is that while I am only paid to work 9-months out of the year, …

Having an Epic Fail

I recently went to the Teaching Professor Technology Conference. It was my first time going (I did not present), and I found it to be pretty worthwhile. I definitely got some ideas for my spring courses. But that’s another post. On the last day, we had a morning strategy swap session. The morning speaker had …

Question of the Day

On my very first day of class this year, I framed our work around a question of the day. My question of the day for our first class was Is Texting Killing Language? Since this is a class for classroom teachers getting a Masters in literacy, I thought it was a great way to launch us. QOD …