Global Audience; Global Issues

  Aiko edged her way towards my desk many minutes into a vocabulary quiz. Several other students had finished and were working on the after-quiz assignment. She usually finished without much trouble, though, as an ELL student, she was learning not just words from the week’s vocabulary unit, but also some of the words that … Continue reading Global Audience; Global Issues

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Teachers and Social Media: Private Citizen and Quasi-Public Figure

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Last fall, I conducted research into how school leaders (headmasters, principals, assistant principals) use social media platforms, specifically Twitter. According to research literature, these leaders could and, to some extent, do use the platform as a means of communicating professional development ideas to staff and other colleagues, broadcasting educational philosophies, and building community by sharing … Continue reading Teachers and Social Media: Private Citizen and Quasi-Public Figure

Teaching Meaningful Writing: Ditch Lit-Crit and the Five-Paragraph Essay (Part Two)

Part Two: Reflective Writing As I stated in the previous entry, I encourage teachers to provide writing instruction for meaningful assignments. By meaningful assignment, I mean anything that motivates students to view writing as relevant beyond the four walls of a classroom, as an activity that transcends grades, as a process through which they reach … Continue reading Teaching Meaningful Writing: Ditch Lit-Crit and the Five-Paragraph Essay (Part Two)

Teaching Meaningful Writing: Ditch Lit-Crit and the Five-Paragraph Essay

Teaching Meaningful Writing: Ditch Lit-Crit and the Five-Paragraph Essay Part One: Process Analysis A few years ago, I received an e-mail from a teacher at another school in our district. She would be teaching AP English Language and Composition for the first time and sought my advice (as I had developed a reputation as a … Continue reading Teaching Meaningful Writing: Ditch Lit-Crit and the Five-Paragraph Essay