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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…

Let Joey Tribbiani Teach You a Little Something about Language and Learning

My family was away recently, which meant: Friends binge-watching! I’m neither proud nor ashamed, just uncharacteristically content. As I’ve shared…

How to Turn Homework into a Game So Students Want to Do It

While working with a middle school literacy coach recently, we talked about how to make homework more meaningful to their…

Colbert’s Warning About the Dangers of Texting

It is easy for parents and teachers to feel uncomfortable with the ubiquity of cell phones in children’s lives.  In…

Is Captain America a Woman? No. This Data Viz of 34,000 Comic Book Characters Shows Us Why That’s a Problem

Graphic novels and comic books are becoming increasingly popular in schools. New York City public schools even officially recommended Black Panther for…

There’s a Great Gatsby Video Game!?! English Class Just Got WAY Awesomer.

How did I not know that Nintendo made a Great Gatsby video game? I’m ashamed. I know video game have…

Harry Potter Teaches Us How Meaning is Socially Constructed

It’s a great clip to use for exploring how meaning is socially constructed. From Harry Potter and the Chamber of…

Explore the Words that Are Unique to Individual Hip-Hop Artists

As an English teacher, I always enjoyed compendia–those books that listed the number of times words appeared in other books.…

Data Science Confirms that We Are All Watching VERY Different News Channels

It’s one thing to know that you tend toward one news outlet or another. It’s another thing to see the…

When a Sociolinguist Eavesdrops on a Bus and Gives a Ted Talk

Learning a language is not purely cognitive. Most people can’t just memorize vocabulary and rules of grammar and speak a…

Why Tolkien Had a “Heartfelt Loathing” for All Things Disney

A fascinating read about what happened when Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis went to see Disney’s Snow White and…

Allow Our Elections System to Remind You Why We Should Teach Computer Science

Tip of the hat to this computer science professor for making a complex issue broadly understandable. Our election system is…

Long Live Print Books

You might think of me as a lover of all things technological or digital. In fact, I read most books…

OK Go Has a Curriculum Based on Their Music Videos!!!

File this under “D” for “didn’t know I needed this in my life until I saw it.” OK Go, who…

Women Scientists on the Rise in Children’s Drawings

What children choose to draw, how they perceive the relationship between gender and possibility, is a powerful measure of our…

The Harry Potter Spreadsheet (Sure Looks Like Computational Thinking To Me)

Truly, we must do more to understand computer science as embedded in all disciplines. Look at this planning document from…
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