Mar
10
2014
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Speech and Debate Secret Sauce: Building Community in Any Classroom

As I’ve recently written, I am the coach of a very successful and very large middle school speech & debate team.  It’s a huge job to coach all of these kids, but it’s amazingly rewarding.  It’s rewarding to know that ...
Feb
02
2014
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Let’s Talk About Speech, Baby: Speech & Debate and the Common Core

Besides being a Language Arts teacher, I am also a Speech and Debate coach.  I haven’t written about it too much, not for any reason other than I spend a lot of time geeking out over curriculum design in teaching ...
Dec
23
2013
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What do Jeff Wilhelm and Ashton Kutcher Have in Common? : Teaching for Character

Earlier this December, I attended the UCI Writing Project annual conference.  Every year, this conference douses a teacher in strategies to teach writing and literacy, and every year I come away with valuable methods and implementation goals.  This year, the ...
Dec
12
2013
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Tips on Embedding Evidence: Writing with Numeracy

As we journey deeper into the world of Common Core, the need for factual evidence rather than emotional opinion becomes more and more vital.  So that got me thinking in a more targeted way: as an ELA teacher, what are ...
Oct
30
2013
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Tween Brains, Part III: How to Work It Out In The Classroom

 In part 1 and part 2 of my series on the tween brain, I covered why teachers need to become brain hobbiests and some key terms when learning about the brain.  In this final post on the tween’s crazy cranium, ...
Sep
13
2013
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Going Paperless: The Digital Binder

I wanted to share a bit of what I'm doing in my various classrooms as a means to go paperless.  To me, the need to go paperless is about two things: 1. The reams of paper that are used in any ...
Dec
26
2012
0

Ring in the New Year by Remembering the Good

The weekend after Sandy Hook (see my brief thoughts here) I began thinking of ways to access the topic in different and more effective methods for my classes.  They had left on that Friday not knowing what had happened.  Of ...
Sep
23
2012
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New Shakespeare Collaborative Project: Anyone Interested?

Rarely do I hit up my readers for help, but I'm looking for classrooms to participate in, what I believe to be, a cool interdisciplinary Project Based Learning opportunity that combines Shakespeare and the digital era. I was talking to Nina ...
Sep
01
2012
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Middle School Classroom Management Tip: Collaboration and Fluid Grouping Trick

Here's a little fluid grouping trick I've written about in the past.  I thought it might be fun to just record something to make it a little more tangible.  The basic thought is that you can insert a little content ...
Aug
01
2012
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Edutopia Post: How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful?

My most recent post for Edutopia focuses on Meaningful Assessments.  I'm currently working on that chapter for my new book, and it's been on the brain as of late. In this post, I talk about using the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical-Thinking, Collaboration, ...

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