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Is Test Prep the Mint of Education?

This morning as I was weeding my garden, it occurred to me that the mint that had overrun my herb garden was like standardized test prep. 330 more words


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Close reading has been my mind a lot lately. I recently read What Readers Really Do, by Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton. I revisited Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst as well as Falling in Love With Close Reading, by Christopher Lehman and Kate Roberts. Yesterday, Tara Smith's excellent post on reading journals gave me more to think about. This is important work. Work that will help our students "grow and develop new ideas and insights." (Barnhouse & Vinton, pg. 152) I need time to process all this wisdom and work with my colleagues to determine how we'll integrate these ideas into our teaching. I'll be sharing more about this in the weeks to come. In the meantime, I want to share a post from 2013 that still holds true today. Thank you, as always, to StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna, and Beth for hosting Slice of Life each Tuesday. Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers to read more Slice of Life posts.

Resources for Teaching about Ferguson |Angela Alexander

The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 has made not only national but international news. This tragic event has sparked many debates and discussions about race relations in America, the use of heavy artillery by local police, racial diversity in community policing, just to name of few. 548 more words

Common Core

When social goals interfere with education--things get displaced and misplaced

So we talk about the problem with close reading, a big common core effort to eliminate the buggabear of cultural advantages.


This essay puts some meat on the bones of the argument that Common Core is intended to produce little automatons who will be good cogs in the socialist machine. 25 more words


Close Reading Demo Lesson

Last week I wrote about the memo I sent to teachers for the beginning of the year.  Although I have not yet started official coaching cycles, I am trying to get into as many classrooms as possible.   598 more words

Close Reading

Tech Tips: To Build Close Reading Skills, Teach Annotation

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By Dana Huff

In order to help students develop close reading skills, we teach them how to annotate.

Annotation has traditionally been thought of as a pencil-and-paper activity, but e-readers, such as Kindle and iBooks, have great annotation tools. 470 more words

Technology In The Classroom

Visual Literacy, Media Savvy, and Current Events

The most recent installment in the Realist comic blog by Asaf Hanuka, the illustrator for the cover and splash pages of Moving Images, offers some great lessons in the range of competencies inherent in media literacy and the expressive potential of visual communication.   453 more words

Media Literacy