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Is the Teaching at Hogwarts Culturally-Responsive? Decide Who Wins the Ladson-Billings Cup!

What would happen if education icon Gloria Ladson-Billings went to Hogwarts and evaluated the professors in terms of culturally-responsive pedagogy?…

What the “I’m Telling FAFSA” Trend on Twitter Says about Higher Education

You might have seen the hashtag #imtellingfafsa trending lately. FAFSA, a free application for federal student aid, is the form…

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…

What Schools Can Learn from Lyft

Lyft, the car-ride service, is putting their money where their values are. Ahead of the mid-terms elections, they are offering…

Quit Your Job Because the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Education Department is Hiring

When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is hiring educators, it’s time to momentarily imagining what you would do…

Gotta Love These Funny Test Fails

This list of hilarious wrong answers on tests says as much to me about the inadequacies of traditional assessment practices…

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…

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.…
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