Humanities

Lady Chatterly’s Lover: The Book That Keeps on Giving

Lady Chatterly’s Lover: The Book That Keeps on Giving

When I taught 9th grade English, a student approached me one day very shyly. He was already an avid reader,…
Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

An hour with Levar Burton talking about literacy. Hell, yes. Let me be honest: I haven’t watched this yet. BUT…
How Writing Lights Up Your Brain

How Writing Lights Up Your Brain

I was putting together resources to support teachers in weaving writing into their classes when I came across an article…
My 15-year Bookish Quest FINALLY Comes to an End

My 15-year Bookish Quest FINALLY Comes to an End

When I was an undergraduate, I double majored in philosophy and English. (Readers who know my scholarship can attest to…
A Reminder That Reading Regularly is Just So Freaking Good For You

A Reminder That Reading Regularly is Just So Freaking Good For You

Check out this BBC piece on why reading is so good for you (though I’d also like to add audiobooks…
Literacy Nerds: Stop Now. Look at this Visualization of Name Misspelling

Literacy Nerds: Stop Now. Look at this Visualization of Name Misspelling

I am at peace with my misspellings, and have had a fair share of gaffes. But to see how thousands…
Jay-Z Reminds Us that When Students Have Something to Say, You Can’t Stop Them From Writing

Jay-Z Reminds Us that When Students Have Something to Say, You Can’t Stop Them From Writing

I love scouring the internet for hidden gems of insight about learning and teaching. The other night, I was binge-watching…
Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Talking with a new teacher recently, I casually mentioned Reading Rainbow. A blank stare followed. Reading Rainbow, I reiterated. The…
A Beast of a Curriculum for a Monster of a Book: Frankenstein at 200

A Beast of a Curriculum for a Monster of a Book: Frankenstein at 200

Few books can help educators engage in more complex conversations about STEM than Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s fantastic tale of technological…
For All You Handwriting Fans Out There, You’re Welcome.

For All You Handwriting Fans Out There, You’re Welcome.

My handwriting has never been lovely. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the unique artistry of others’ penmanship. When…
When The Computer Fails, Read The Great Gatsby for 8 Hours!

When The Computer Fails, Read The Great Gatsby for 8 Hours!

It’s an 8 hour performance in which the actors perform Fitzgerald’s great novel: word for word. Not for everyone, but…
Knife Meets Life: Jamie Oliver Made a Video with Philosopher Alain de Botton and it Cooks

Knife Meets Life: Jamie Oliver Made a Video with Philosopher Alain de Botton and it Cooks

When I majored in philosophy as an undergraduate, I couldn’t have explained then what drew me to the subject. I…
Poetry Just Might Be the Remedy for Reluctant Readers

Poetry Just Might Be the Remedy for Reluctant Readers

Author Jason Reynolds argues magnificently for using poetry as the gateway drug into reading. If you know a child is…
Bookflix Has My Full and Undivided Attention

Bookflix Has My Full and Undivided Attention

I love the creativity behind this idea I read about on BookRiot. Students know Netflix. So show them that selecting…
Philosophy? Good. Card Games? Good.

Philosophy? Good. Card Games? Good.

This is another level of philosophical phatness. Just check out this game called 100 Questions from Alain de Botton‘s The…
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