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Technology Theme: Digital Media is a catalyst for change!

As a computer teacher, I really do believe I have the best job ever.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an optimist and always love what I currently teach. 885 more words


My Problem with "Participation Grades"

Whenever anyone uses the rhetorical device where they ask a question about something that presents it from two different perspectives, the one they usually want you to buy into is the second one, e.g., Are participation grades a useful way to encourage and reward student interaction in the classroom, or are they an oft-abused tool of control-happy intellectual despots? 1,314 more words


How To Become A Teacher Leader

CTQ blogger Sandy Merz recently posted “My Teacher Leader Manifesto” and challenged teacher leaders to write theirs.

Instead of writing a manifesto, I decided to write a few thoughts about how one might become a teacher leader in his or her department, school or district.  723 more words

A New School - and an Improvement to the Majority out There? Version 2

Here is the first version, or the most basic draft, if you’re curious.

I kind of mixed and matched a new type of school I’d like to see in the future, and I think it’s something worth thinking about. 213 more words


Annotated Bookshelf: A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to Contemporary America

Murphy, James J., ed. A Short History of Writing Instruction: From Ancient Greece to Contemporary America. 3rd ed. NY: Routledge, 2012.

With economy and rigor, these 8 essays explore the long history of writing instruction under all its guises, from grammar through rhetoric up to college composition. 235 more words


Considering the Writing Prompt (An Interlude)

We are about to get into the “Postreading” section, the critical reading/critical thinking part of the module. This is where we stop playing the believing game and begin the disbelieving game. 909 more words