Arts + Letters
July 5, 2018
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…
July 2, 2018
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…
June 26, 2018
The Semicolon That Almost Destroyed Texas
Like me, you probably don’t fully appreciate the importance of punctuation and grammar in making society function. Fortunately, Malcolm Gladwell’s…
June 14, 2018
Is Texting the Future or Downfall of Writing in Schools?
Leave it to a linguist like Columbia University’s John McWhorter to challenge popular fears that texting marks the end of language…
May 16, 2018
Stop Teaching Computer Science. Start “Embedding” It.
I’ve said it before: if we are serious about teaching computer science in K-12 schools, we have to reimagine how…
May 2, 2018
So, THAT is Where Letters Come From!
Etymology is one thing, but to look at the historical roots of letters themselves is just pure alphabetic joy.
April 25, 2018
Malcolm Gladwell on His Creative Process
It is a unique talent to translate complex phenomena to others in a way that is insightful, engaging, and avoids…
April 18, 2018
Fibonacci Sequence Poetry? Yes, Please!
I’ll say it again: we must do more to blur the lines between the worlds of numbers and letters. This…
April 9, 2018
Teach Writing? This Podcast is a Must-Listen.
Pour a beverage of choice, plug in your headphones, and enjoy this fantastic podcast on the state of writing and…
April 3, 2018
The President Reminds Us Why We Teach Poetry
It was 1963 and Robert Frost had died. President Kennedy offered a glorious eulogy for Frost, but it was also…
March 19, 2018
Walt Whitman on Language “Arising Out of the Work”
Timely insights on the relationship between language, the populous, and our institutions. Language, be it remember’d, is not an abstract…
February 8, 2018
Black Thought and the Value of Literature
When Black Thought performed his epic freestyle on Hot 97, the video hit 1M+ views within a day. I myself…
February 7, 2018
If Coding is Writing, What’s Feedback Look Like?
The idea the coding should actually be considered a form of writing is something educators must seriously consider. (See this…
February 1, 2018
You KNOW Learning Happens Here
What life and energy Bronx middle school ELA teacher Laura Weiss brings to her craft–including the front of her room.…
January 22, 2018
The Simplest Explanation for How to Integrate Reading and Writing You are Likely Going to Hear Today
Take 6 minutes and watch how I explain to teachers a planning strategy for integrating reading and writing. It’s not…
January 18, 2018
Tom On: Teaching Writing
Just because one can write does not mean one can simply teach writing. It was during my third year teaching…