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Permission to Create

Bloom’s tells us that the highest level of cognition is creation – that in order to create, we must first be able to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and synthesize.   However, in my classroom, and I would venture to say, my school site, that step of creation is viewed as far less significant than the […]

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Taking Note: VideoNot.es

Thank god for The Simpsons.  Their 20-year run ensured that they had the chance to parody nearly everything under the sun – including The Odyssey.   With students finishing up their odyssey through the epic poem, this week, I introduced students to several contemporary allusions to the epic, including an episode from The Simpsons, the trailer from […]

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Google Draw in the English Classroom

By many, Google Drawing is considered the red-headed step-child of the Google Suite: at best, it is a topic of interest, but most of us have never bothered to click that “Create” button and give it a try. For me, Google Drawing brings the possibility of mindmaps and physical manipulation into the English environment without […]

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If Only I Knew… What I Wish I Knew BEFORE Going 1:1

A month into the school year, I have a little bit of perspective on the 1:1 journey.  Many of these insights are obvious and traits of good teaching, but with the steep learning curve associated with 1:1, I hope that these reminders will save you some headaches. 1. Do it first:  For most of us […]

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3 Quick Tips For Getting Students Blogging

Never before have I had to ask students to finish up their writing.  In my experience, students usually throw down their pencils in triumph after three sentences – not after having typed furiously for 20 minutes.  So, I was completely surprised – and stifling giggles – when I had to ask my juniors and seniors […]

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