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 ...
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 ...
Apr
24
2012
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40 Strategies for Teaching ELD Students

I love the teachers in my Language Arts department.  Ever since I became department chair, they have been willing to go on so many curricular adventures with me.  If I ask to try a collaborative website, they are game.  If ...
Jun
26
2009
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Student-Designed Schools

This year, my 8th graders all produced a multi-genre project during 4th Quarter that focused on possible careers of their choice. But I went a step further with my 8th grade Honors class. They not only had to research ...
Mar
01
2009
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The Importance of The Classroom Library

I believe a classroom library is the heartbeat of a teacher's environment.  It is the window into their own personality, and it reflects the importance of literacy in the classroom.  I believe every teacher, no matter the subject taught, should ...
Feb
24
2009
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DARPA to create metacognitively aware robots

The Register reports that DARPA (Defense Advance Research Projects Agency) is currently researching how to create robots that are "like some self-aware computer systems capable of "meta-reasoning" and "introspection..."  Their goal is to "Provide machines with an ability to reason ...
Feb
21
2009
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Am I So Past My Prime?

Somehow, and maybe I'm reading into it here, I feel a little written off already.  Education Week is reporting that some districts are pondering the possibility of "front-loading" new teacher salaries, increasing their compensation earlier in their career to aid ...
Feb
18
2009
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“I Statements” in Expository Writing

This weekend I'm presenting at the CATE conference in Santa Clara, CA.  It's a session on developing high level, critical-thinking commentary in expository writing.  My feeling is that great commentary is the Voice in Expository, it is the Show, Not ...

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