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Back at TC! What I Learned from English Teachers at Last Night’s Technology Workshop

Back at TC! What I Learned from English Teachers at Last Night’s Technology Workshop

Last night, I had the honor of working with 60 pre- and in-service English teachers to explore what it means…
Advice to A New Teacher Who Messaged Me on LinkedIn

Advice to A New Teacher Who Messaged Me on LinkedIn

Join me on a rainy walk to the subway as I share my damp advice with an undergraduate student who…
Podcast Interlude: Tips on Assessment While Walking Down 161st Street in the Bronx

Podcast Interlude: Tips on Assessment While Walking Down 161st Street in the Bronx

No intro music, no editing. Just one take, real pedagogical talk. Rough and direct commentary on how to approach assessment…
If Learning Requires Risk and Failure, then Perhaps We Need a Museum of Failure. Oh, This Guy’s Got One

If Learning Requires Risk and Failure, then Perhaps We Need a Museum of Failure. Oh, This Guy’s Got One

I once wrote about the difference between inquiry and query. Inquiry is about posing authentic questions without any real understanding…
ELA + Technology = You MUST See This

ELA + Technology = You MUST See This

Look no further for guidance on how to integrate technology into English classrooms. A commission of ELA and tech experts…
My Top 10 Questions for Elevating Students’ Writing (and My Own)

My Top 10 Questions for Elevating Students’ Writing (and My Own)

It can be a real challenge for teachers and administrators to weave together all the different standards and priorities. At…
A List of What They Don’t Teach You in School, According to Neil Gaiman

A List of What They Don’t Teach You in School, According to Neil Gaiman

The famed author of Coraline offers his terse and insightful observations on what gets taught in school. And what doesn’t.…
Is the Teaching at Hogwarts Culturally-Responsive? Decide Who Wins the Ladson-Billings Cup!

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?…
5 Words that Will Change the Way You Teach

5 Words that Will Change the Way You Teach

I riff in class sometimes. My hands start waving around and I get swept away responding to a student’s insight…
What a Squirrel in City Hall Park Teaches Us about Learning

What a Squirrel in City Hall Park Teaches Us about Learning

I recently asked my education students to conduct a Learning Walk. It goes like this: They have 45 minutes to…
Ta-Nahisi Coates on How Schools Hold Children Back

Ta-Nahisi Coates on How Schools Hold Children Back

In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers this poignant passage about his experience with school as a child. For…
Readers Confess Why They DIDN’T Read the Books Teachers Assigned in School

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.

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…
A Soldier’s Journey from the Battlefield to the Kindergarten Classroom

A Soldier’s Journey from the Battlefield to the Kindergarten Classroom

Too often, we only hear teachers’ stories when there is tragedy or strife or politics on the line. We need…
One Piece of Advice for Any Teacher, Anywhere

One Piece of Advice for Any Teacher, Anywhere

I work with lots of teachers and I am in lots of schools. It occurred to me not so long…
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