Arts + Letters

Teach the Literary Art of the Comedy Bit

You someone who appreciates literary structure and craft? Looking for a different way to teach such things? This phenomenal visual…

Yo-Yo Ma on Learning Incrementally. Beautiful.

Want an educational jolt? Watch the first four minutes of Yo-Yo Ma’s Tiny Desk performance, where he follows up his…

Books, Beer, and Oxford Commas

I have to get my hands on one of that print. Great score by nouvelle_ela over on Instagram. My birthday…

Just Blaze: Music Icon and Coding Nerd?

While watching the Netlix show Rapture about Just Blaze‘s rise in the music industry, I was surprised to learn his…

Forget Audible. HiBooks is Like Netflix for Audiobook Lovers

Listening to audiobooks is increasing in popularity. There are some great free options, but if you want more current reading…

My 41 Word Rationale for Teaching Stories

When teacher Andrea Marshbank recently asked the #engchat hivemind on Twitter what she could say to students who wanted to know…

An Underground Literacy Movement, Literally

Kudos to the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York for promoting reading. I appreciated their line: “Celebrate the transformative power…

Is Skimming Replacing Reading? Why, Yes.

We are reading less deeply for briefer amounts of time and with less investment than we used to. At least…

The Word You Didn’t Know Was Missing from Your Educational Lexicon

I love old words. Join me in incorporating “schoolery” into your next meeting, parent-teacher conference, or whereevs. (I love this…

What an Honor to Be Honored with the NTLI Award

I’m honored to have learned I’ll be receiving the NTLI award from English Language Arts Teacher Education (ELATE) and the…

What You Learn Reading 5 Million Books at Once

Something incredible happens when you read through machines. You can see things in texts you would be hard pressed to…

A Reminder from Seamus Heaney as to What Matters

You now know that there is a Twitter account that messages excerpts from Heaney’s poetry everyday. Here’s one on the…

Get Out the Fun-Tak! PBS Made Literary Travel Posters

You know what they say about reading taking you places. Well, when PBS held their Great American Read event this…

9 Pictures of Readers from Around the World

Thank you, BBC, for curating these snaps featuring reading–in many forms–from across the globe. And if teaching reading and writing…

Scratch This! The Poster You’ve Been Waiting to Buy your Bookish Friend (or Me)

Take scratch-and-sniff, add some literary favorites, and there you have it: the perfect gift for literati everywhere. (Perhaps including Black…

What if We Talk about College and CREATIVE Readiness Instead?

In the name of rigor and accountability, reforms that overemphasize career readiness and elaborate schemas of skill sets might actually…
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