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No One Really Cared About Shakespeare’s Work When He Died, So His Friends Did THIS

No One Really Cared About Shakespeare’s Work When He Died, So His Friends Did THIS

I never knew that Shakespeare’s work wasn’t really that popular when he died. As explained on a recent Annotated podcast,…
Mr. Roger’s 9 Rules for Talking to Children Apply to Us All

Mr. Roger’s 9 Rules for Talking to Children Apply to Us All

Ever since seeing the way Mr. Rogers deftly convinced federal officials to fund his show, I had this newfound curiosity…
These Books Be Like: What You ‘Stairing’ At?

These Books Be Like: What You ‘Stairing’ At?

I don’t know how they did it, but every school needs stairs like these. (Though, perhaps with a wider variety…
Language is Always Susceptible to Bias. That Includes Algorithms.

Language is Always Susceptible to Bias. That Includes Algorithms.

All this digital stuff is comprised of software. And software is comprised of languages. That means, just like human languages,…
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,…
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…
Mathnet Reruns is What the STEM World Needs Right Now, So Here

Mathnet Reruns is What the STEM World Needs Right Now, So Here

Back when the WWE was the WWF, I watched a PBS show called Square One with the excitement of witnessing Macho…
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…
Don’t Judge: I Bought My Son These Pencils and He Loves Writing With Them

Don’t Judge: I Bought My Son These Pencils and He Loves Writing With Them

Do whatever it takes to help your child become a reader and a writer. That’s what I say. So when…
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…
Get Out the Fun-Tak! PBS Made Literary Travel Posters

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…
Let’s Not Confuse Annotations and Marginalia

Let’s Not Confuse Annotations and Marginalia

Observing a middle school English class recently, I was struck by how mechanical annotating one’s reading had become. I do…
Posthumanism for the Holidays

Posthumanism for the Holidays

This is by far one of the more intriguing, timely, and applicable digital research method books I have read in…
“High School Training Ground,” by Malcolm London

“High School Training Ground,” by Malcolm London

Check out this Chicago poet’s powerful commentary on the reality of high school, a training ground for the injustices all…
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