Arts + Letters

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…

Readers Confess Why They DIDN’T Read the Books Teachers Assigned in School

Ever skip a reading you were supposed to do for school, and it didn’t really matter? You’re not alone. In…

Teachers, Your Students Are Your Greatest Resources. Watch this Powerful Talk…by a Kid.

Too often, we position teachers in ways that divide them from their students. Teachers are the adults; students are the…

Technology is Ruining the Performing Arts–and That’s a Good Thing. Here’s Why.

Teaching is a live performance art. We don’t discuss it that way enough, but it is precisely that. New teachers struggle…

Wait, Frankenstein’s Monster is What Happens When One Learns Improperly!?

While rereading Frankenstein recently, I couldn’t help but think Mary Shelley was offering us a critique of education. There is…

Yet Another Reason to Visit the New York Public Library: Authors’ Locks of Hair?

That’s not a typo. As shared in this recent New Yorker article, the famed library has lots of odd artifacts…

Humiliation, Multiplication, and Ice Cream

In the memoir Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, the author describes a scene in first grade where six-year-old J.D. realizes…

The Etymology of “Lit” is Lit

Lovers of quirky wordy things prepare to spend the next three minutes reading Merriam-Webster’s brief summary of the etymology of…

The Etymology of ‘Pedagogy’ Might Surprise You

If you love education and love etymology, you’ll dig this. I love looking to the histories of words to better…
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