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Writing for Revisions

It’s really easy to get caught up in thinking that writing for publication means writing to get accepted. In reality, our two most likely choices are: Reject Revise & Resubmit So when we write, and when we submit something for publication, what we should really be working to do is not get rejected. This means …

Featured Teacher: Eddie Kim

Today, I would like to welcome you to a new segment that I plan to take up: Featured Teacher. There are a lot of great educators out there across all levels, and I am constantly using them to refine and inspire my own teaching. While today’s featured teacher is appearing in my regular Monday post …

What Do Students Think About Twitter Chats?

Today, I bring you a guest post from a student in my Masters class. Taylor was nice enough to share her thoughts on participating in twitter chats as a part of our course. I hope her insights help extend your thoughts on my previous posts about using twitter as an instructional tool and help you …

Final Thoughts on Summer Teaching

Now that my summer teaching experience is behind me, I’ve had some time to really think on it and what I got out of it. Here’s my list of four big things I took away from teaching this summer: 1. Teaching is hard. I always knew this, but I got it handed back to me …

Do I Get an Award?

“Do I get an award for being better?” asked one of my students. I sighed. “I’m not really up on how all of that works,” I told him. “Oh,” he said. “I just wondered if you knew if I would get an award this year for improving.” My answer to him – that I didn’t …

Plugging in Mindfully

One of the things that has surprised me the most over the last six weeks is how unplugged from technology the majority of my students are. And it would appear, based on conversations I have had with them, that their lack of engagement with technology is by their own choice. Most have said that they …

The Hunger Games Seems Unoriginal

During the last three weeks of this summer program, I was expected to assign the students a piece of literature to read and discuss. I struggled with this at first, and I checked around with a lot of education friends asking for ideas on what to read. When I met my students at orientation, I …

No, No, No. I Got Something

I don’t know how it happened, but there came a day where one of my classes was sitting around talking about favorite movies. As I listened to them speak, I realized that we could use video to think about how texts are structured. Ideally, they would learn something they could apply to their own writing. …

Assigning Chapter 15

The other day I talked about grading and some of my concerns about its traditional uses in classrooms. Today, I want to talk about another issue: homework. I’m largely anti-homework (pre-college), but I’m not as up in arms about it as I am with grading. There’s a great blog post – and a fantastic discussion …